|Copyright: Lior Almagor (LiorAlmagor)
|Date Taken: 2008-05-02|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-07-20 22:30|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Osprey - sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle (Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus), is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 60 centimeters (24 in) in length with a 2 m wingspan. 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-breeding migrant.|
As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialized physical characteristics and exhibits unique behavior to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognized. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle.
The image of this wonderful bird was taken in the Everglades National Park. Florida.
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