The Osprey

The osprey is a large raptor found world-wide.  Also known as fish hawks, they live near water and eat fish almost exclusively.  These were photographed at Fort Supply Lake as they stopped briefly on their migration through the area.

With their long, slender wings, they fly effortlessly above the water looking for fish.
With their long, slender wings, they fly effortlessly above the water looking for fish.
The osprey's feet have sharp barbs on the soles giving them a strong grip on slippery fish.
They are 21-24" in length and have a wingspan of 54-72".
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The osprey's feet are equipped with sharp barbs on the soles to allow a strong grip on slippery fish. The two black spots are flies.

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They spent several days fishing the lake in late April before heading north.

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