Osprey

Osprey with Breakfast, Pandion haliaetus

The osprey is a species of raptor that is sometimes mistaken for the bald eagle. This species can reach a height of 23 inches with a wingspan of 72 inches. Osprey feed by flying over water and diving feet first to grasp fish with their talons. The osprey’s diet primarily consists of different species of fish including mullet, spotted trout, shad, crappie, sunfish, and others. Feeding areas include most open-water habitats along the coast and freshwater lakes and rivers. (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2011)

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