Thursday, March 19, 2015
10 Images of Osprey Birds in Flight
These photos were taken over a two hour period this morning.
The Pentax K3 and 300mm lens were used, along with a tripod.
It was 9:33AM when the first subject appeared.
When they fly over water, they are looking for fish.
Catching them with the sun lighting up their eyes can be a challenge.
They eat fish from the ocean or, fresh water.
Ospreys are also known as Sea Hawks.
Pandion haliaetus is their scientific name.
These birds are the only raptors with white bellies.
The white head and brown mask over the eyes makes identification of this bird, easy.
Ospreys voluntarily, close their nostrils when they dive for fish in the water.
These birds a third eyelid which is transparent.
This membrane can be closed when under water, serving as goggles, while they catch their prey.
Learn More About Ospreys at Cornell Lab of Ornithology