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The Stare Down with an Osprey- Forsythe NWR, New Jersey

January 13, 2014

Isn’t that the best feeling? Finding money in a jacket you haven’t worn for months! That’s exactly how I felt yesterday when I found this image 🙂
When browsing through my Lightroom library, zoomed in 100%, I jumped out of my chair laughing when this Osprey’s face showed up on my monitor 🙂

NJ Wildlife and Bird Photography Osprey perched on a post at Forsythe NWR, Oceanville, New Jersey - Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS 1.4x tc

Photograph taken with a 1Dx camera and 600mm f/4 lens II + 1.4x extender III – for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image

photographed this Osprey (aka Fish Hawk) last summer at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Galloway, Atlantic County, New Jersey.

Interesting facts about an Osprey:

– Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds’ feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance.

– Ospreys are excellent anglers. Over several studies, Ospreys caught fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent. The average time they spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes

– 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.

– The oldest known Osprey was 25 years, 2 months old. – source: “Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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