11/09/2013 – 11/15/2013
Well, it all started when we were taking a drive to check-out some of the Burrowing Owls in the West Valley. On the way there we spotted a large bird on top of a power pole. After turning around, we discovered it was a hawk. Got a couple of shots off before it took off. The lucky part was while we were following the hawk, we then spotted another large bird, which we latter found out was a Osprey. Osprey are also known as sea hawks, fish eagles or fish hawks. They are a fish-eating bird of prey. Our Osprey was located on a pole just above a water canal.
In many Native American tribes the Osprey is considered a type of eagle. Osprey are sometimes seen as guardians in traditional legends. Seeing one is sometimes considered to be a warning of danger to come (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200).
Wings Of The Raptor
Osprey are one of the larger raptors, reaching more than 71 inches (180 cm) across the wings (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200).
Praying For Fish
The title for this photo is actually Talon Tied, but I think the title above is better. It came from a comment by Larry Pollock (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200). Osprey and owls are the only raptors whose outer toe is reversible, allowing them to grasp their prey with two toes in front and two behind.
A Few More Photos
Below is a slideshow of several more Osprey photos captured over the last few days.
Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on the Osprey. Adios!