Pandion haliaetus

The Osprey is an advanced hawk that spends time snatching live fish from waterways. They are large brown backed birds with a white head and belly.  A wide black stripe extends from behind the eye and into the back. The beak is black and curved down. The average wingspan is 65 inches with an average weight of about 60 ounces.  Ospreys nest on platforms or at the top of a dead tree or broken branch. A completed nest looks like a group of loose sticks.  They can dive about three feet below the water’s surface for a fish and grip it using their specialized talons. The species was at a decline until pesticides began to be banned, and thankfully now there has been a steady increase in population.