From All About Birds: Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Ospreys are very large, distinctively shaped hawks. Despite their size, their bodies are slender, with long, narrow wings and long legs. They fly with a marked kink in their wings, making an M-shape when seen from below. Their length21.3–22.8 in (54–58 cm)and wingspan59.1–70.9 in (150–180 cm)
A pair of Ospreys chose a local cell phone tower in town to build their nest, and I had the pleasure of catching sight of them there this week. The tower is located across the street from a marsh and river, making it a perfect place to take up residence and find meals.
I stood below the the tower to capture these photos- their clarity is not the best because of the height distance and the sun. But I still felt they were worth sharing.
The nest is on the right side of the tower.
You can see the “kink” in the wings while in flight
Feathers on Friday