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Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is a Seahawk?

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as a sea hawk, fish eagle, river hawk, or fish hawk, is a fish-eating bird of prey. According to Birds of Michigan by Ted Black, they eat fish exclusively and are found near water on every continent except Antarctica.

While hunting, an Osprey will survey waterways from the air. Its white belly makes it hard for fish to see them while flying above. The Osprey's dark feathers around their eyes blocks the glare from the water, enabling it to spot a slowly moving shadow or flash of silver near the water's surface.

Folding its wings, the Osprey hurls itself in a headfirst dive toward its target. An instant before striking the water, the bird rights itself and thrusts its feet forward. With two toes facing forward, two toes facing backward and barbed pads on the soles of the birds' feet, even the slipperiest prey can't get away from their grasp. Watch the YouTube Video at: http://youtu.be/nA3LtXnNIto?t=44s
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