Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Osprey cam is back.

Osprey are amazing  fish eating raptors.
This is what  Wikipedia has to say about them:
The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawkfish eagle, river hawk or fish hawk, is adiurnalfish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts.
The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breedingmigrant.
As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genusPandion and familyPandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognized, one of which has recently been given full species status (see below). Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not classed as a sea-eagle
I have been interested in Oprey for  a few years, ever since I found this Osprey cam,  viewing a nesting platform near the Calgary Zoo, on the Bow River.   Its kind of exciting watching the parents build and defend their nest,  and it is definitely fun to see the eggs hatch and watch the babies grow.    Once you start, its hard to stop.... (you have been warned)

So,  go ahead,   click it, and watch and learn a little about this amazing family.  https://www.enmax.com/community/keeping-up-with-the-ospreys


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