This week’s photo, taken July 26, 2014 at Meadowbrook Pond in NE Seattle, WA, features an OSPREY gliding above the main pond.
This is the time of year for Washingtonians to enjoy the Osprey, because this magnificent raptor, being a spring/summer breeder in our area, is mainly found in the Northwest from April through August.
The osprey is equipped with a special surface on the bottom of its feet to help it hold onto slippery fish, its main source of food. After snatching a fish from the water’s surface with its talons, the osprey will take flight and reposition its prey so the fish’s head leads the way and the fish’s tail brings up the rear. This clever adjustment cuts down on wind resistance, so the osprey doesn’t have to work so hard while flying with food.
Osprey have adapted quite well to manmade structures; they frequently build their large stick nests atop light platforms at baseball fields. They seem to be quite comfortable in the presence of humans, and without a doubt they are big baseball fans.
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