The Osprey, a Majestic Raptor

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I have been watching a live stream video of an Osprey nest, became intrigued and wanted to know more......

Raptor

Raptor, the sound of the word evokes
An image so majestic, so precise so dangerous
Like the blade of a knife falling through the air
Slicing through the water
To grasp a silver fish in terrible talons
To feed then fly
To relieve his mate who sits through rain and heat
Protecting their precious brown and white eggs
There she sits searching the sky for his return
Then suddenly ,he alights upon the nest
Her lifelong love
They pause a while and call to each other
Then she is released to fly and fish for her supper
He re-arranges a twig here and there
Turns the eggs
Then settles in their lofty nest
And begins his watch for her return

Fish Eater

The Osprey is a large raptor or bird of prey.Primarily a fish eater. It nests close to fish bearing bodies of water , on high cliff faces,telephone poles,trees, etc.It is found on all continents except Antarctica. it is sometimes called sea-hawk,fish hawk, or fish eagle.It has a wing spread of 72 in. and it has great flexibility in it's wing, being able to bend it to shield it's eyes when flying into the glare of the sun. The Osprey also has reverse outer toes which enables it to grip slippery fish more easily in it's talons.

See live video here

Male and Female

The male can be recognized by it's slimmer body and narrower wings. The both have brown upper parts with white breast and white underparts.The head is white with a brown stripe across the eyes, which range in colour from gold to brown.The beak and talons are black.
The Osprey will breed at 5 to 7 years old if there are suitable nesting sites. Conservationists have erected nesting platforms in some areas which are lacking.
Osprey usually mate for life and they take turns sitting on their eggs which are brown and white and usually 2 to 4 in number.

Hunter

Osprey have acute vision and can spot a fish under the water from a height of 131 ft.
Once the osprey has detected it's prey it will hover for a moment , then dive feet first into the water, when underwater it's nostrils will close.

In North America, Great Horned Owls and Eagles are their only predators,mainly on the nestlings, but they usually prefer to steal the catch.

Mid century their numbers were threatened, but since pesticide controls were put in place in the 70's their numbers have grown,peaking in the 80's.

in 1994 Nova Scotia Canada made the Osprey it's emblematic bird.





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I write about spirituality, health, psychology, and ecology. Usually in poetic form (my 1st love) but now I'm venturing into the world of
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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th May 2014 (#)

Beautiful! !

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th May 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th May 2014 (#)

Thank you for your help, Mark and also for the star.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th May 2014 (#)

Lovely video too, C D Moore - Male and female coordinate well for survival of the species - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th May 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment Siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
27th May 2014 (#)

Thanks ~ C.D. ~ for this beautiful and informative article with such lovely pictures.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th May 2014 (#)

Much appreciated Helen.

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author avatar snerfu
27th May 2014 (#)

Nice video, they work so effortlessly it seems. good article Ms CD Moore.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th May 2014 (#)

Glad you enjoyed the video Snerfu.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th May 2014 (#)

nice...

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th May 2014 (#)

Thanks cn

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
27th May 2014 (#)

Interesting post full of a lot of information, thanks for sharing!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
27th May 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading and your comments Fern.

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author avatar M G Singh
28th May 2014 (#)

Excellent. Brought me close to nature

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author avatar C.D. Moore
28th May 2014 (#)

Thanks for your wonderful comment, Madan.

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author avatar LOVERME
9th Jun 2014 (#)

simply beautiful

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Loverme.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Jun 2014 (#)

actually this is fabulous C.D. many thanks for allowing me the chance to reread and enjoy...

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Jun 2014 (#)

I am honoured that you cared to read it again. Much appreciated Carolina.

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