Osprey landing on the nest - New York

June 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

- Full disclosure: This post contains references to products from Amazon.com and I may receive small compensation when you purchase a product via my affiliate link on this website -

Here is an adult Osprey, aka Fish Hawk, landing on the nest in slow motion:

Interesting facts via CornellLab:

- Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds' feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance

- Ospreys are excellent anglers. Over several studies, Ospreys caught fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent. The average time they spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes—something to think about next time you throw your line in the water.

- The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.

- Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once. Rather, the first chick emerges up to five days before the last one. The older hatchling dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, chicks share meals in relative harmony; in times of scarcity, younger ones may starve to death.

- An Osprey may log more than 160,000 migration miles during its 15-to-20-year lifetime. Scientists track Ospreys by strapping lightweight satellite transmitters to the birds’ backs. The devices pinpoint an Osprey's location to within a few hundred yards and last for 2-3 years. During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America.

- The oldest known Osprey was at least 25 years, 2 months old, and lived in Virginia. It was banded in 1973, and found in 1998.

 

Feel free to share this video with your friends on a social media site of your choice :)

Make sure to visit often or better yet, subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/gregsthings to be notified with each new video upload. 

You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my bird photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it in your bookmarks/favorites and shop away :) Remember that the prices stay the same. I will simply receive a small percentage of a total you pay to Amazon. Be assured, no personal data is shared with me.  And it doesn't stop there :) The more you shop, the bigger the donation I would be able to make at the end of this year. Every year, I'm making a donation to charities that help in conservation and rehabilitation of  birds and other wildlife. This year, my charity of choice is The Raptor Trust, one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States: http://theraptortrust.org

 

You can also start your Amazon search right here:

 

Some readers of my blog, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! I decided to set up a donation link with PayPal:

Simply click on the Donate button and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me. As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

Here are some great books that might help you with hawkwatching:

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.


Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January February March April May June July August September October November December (5)
January (1) February (4) March (2) April (3) May (1) June July August September October (1) November (1) December
January February March (1) April May June July August (1) September (1) October November December (1)
January (4) February (6) March (5) April (3) May (5) June (2) July (6) August (3) September October November December