Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Wildlife Photo (Bird) Osprey in Flight
The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) may be seen on every continent except Antarctica. It is sometimes called a Sea Hawk or Fish Eagle and it eats fish, fresh or salt water, most of the time.
Don't believe any source that tells you the Osprey eats fish exclusively. They'll go after a rodent or snake for a snack when nothing else is available. I've seen it with my own eyes.
Just before sunup one morning, I was walking my dogs along a costal highway. I was on the beach side of the road. A Japanese man was jogging across the street.
An Osprey, with a good 5-6 foot wingspan swooped down out of the sky to grab a shrew. The runner didn't see the bird coming. The Osprey didn't see the runner.
They collided and both got knocked on their fannies !
Are there any Ospreys in your neighborhood ? Watch them and learn.
MORE OKINAWA WILDLIFE PHOTOS MAY BE SEEN HERE.