Dean M. Chriss
Coming Home, Osprey
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The osprey shown in this image is returning to its nest in a huge and old
cypress tree snag. The image was captured in the morning as as fog along the
lakeshore was lifting. Remaining fog and shallow depth of field helps give a
nice muted background to the scene.
The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), is
also known as the fish eagle, fish hawk, or sea hawk. The diet of this
fascinating bird of prey consists of almost entirely fish. The Ospreys are
large, reaching more than 2 feet (60 cm) in length with a wingspan of nearly 6
feet (180 cm). Ospreys are found on all continents except Antarctica and always
nest near the water.