Osprey Pandion haliaetus, adult female landing at eyrie with moss


Ospreys are a specialised, fish-eating bird of prey, most similar to the buzzards or eagles in general appearance.

They have a long hook on their bill, used for tearing apart fish. Their legs and feet are specially adapted with an outer toe that can turn backwards, spiny scales on the soles of the feet and remarkably long, arched, pointed claws, all ideal for grasping muscular fish. It catches fish by diving. There is just one species, very widely spread around the world.

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