Sarasota has an area know as City Island. This beautiful Osprey was perched some thirty feet or more in the air on top of a telephone pole. I was riding my bike through this area in search of interesting things to photograph. I just happened to look up and notice that the center riser on top of the telephone pole looked different, then realized it was an Osprey that I was looking at.
Every time I visit this area I see Ospreys either flying around, perched in trees or resting in a nests. One day I witnessed a couple of Ospreys gathering sticks for their nest. It was a wondrous site to behold and a cherished memory I own.
Check out these other images of this graceful bird:
Facts About Ospreys
- Ospreys have several names: Pandion haliaetus (scientific name), fish hawk, sea hawk, river hawk, fish hawk, fish eagle
- Their desired food is fish, but they also will eat other birds, small rabits, reptiles and crabs
- These birds have a life span of 5 to 12 years
- The Osprey has adorned the face of about fifty postal stamps
- Ospreys nests grow in size year after year as they return to hatch their eggs. A nest can start out being about three feet in diameter and over time grow to be larger enough for a human to sit in it. Some have been recorded to be ten feet deep and six feet wide.
- During the nesting season the Osprey can lay one to four eggs. The eggs can range from two to four inches in length. It takes a month to a month and a half ro the eggs to begin hatching. Usually the hatchlings break out over a five day period.
For more detailed information about the Osprey check out this website: All About Birds.
Here’s a video I took of an Osprey eating a fish:
- Location was in Sarasota, Florida on City Island
- Camera used was a Nikon Coolpix P600
- Time of year was late winter of 2016
- Time of day was about one in the afternoon
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