Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thursday Birdblogging

These gorgeous ospreys are from the camera of wildlife photographer Paul Rebmann. He tells me they were found a day after Thanksgiving, in Florida.

Ospreys are large, and spectacular, as you see.

Cool Facts

* The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.

* Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once, but instead the first chick hatches out up to five days before the last one. The older chick dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, little aggression is seen amongst the chicks, but if food is limited, the younger chicks often starve.

* The Osprey is a fish-eating specialist, with live fish accounting for about 99% of its diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible.

Thanks, Paul and V for Virginia, our friend, his BFF & wife.



Blogger George A said...


Thanks for that link. I was in the Melbourne area the week of Nov 10, and got some pix of flowers, birds, etc. Mr. V4V's site helped me identify some of the subjects of my pictures

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