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|Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) ORDER FALCONIFORMES|
Taken from Rottnest Island off Fremantle.
Although Ospreys are related to eagles and hawks, they are far enough removed form these raptors to be classified in a separate taxonomic family. Ospreys are chocolately brown above on the wings, back and tail and creamy white below. A distinctive brown stripe runs across the head through the fierce-looking yellow eye. A spotted 'necklace' adorns the breast. In females this necklace tends to be wider and more conspicuous than the males. The feet are whitish; the bill is black with a greenish-yellow cere. In common with a lot of the birds of prey the female Ospreys are around a third larger than the males. In flight Ospreys hold their wings with a bend at the 'elbow'. Thanks to: http://www.naturephotosociety.org.sg
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