Osprey flying into nest - Bobcageon. Ontario
O is for OSPREYS, also known as a sea hawks, raptors that are approximately 60cm (24 inches) long with a wingspan that measures 160 centimetres (64 inches). Yes, they are big birds, though a bit smaller than bald eagles.
Adult osprey feeding baby
OSPREYS usually breed near freshwater lakes and waterways as their diet consists mostly of fish, often slow-moving fish like pike and pickerel.
Nest atop high pole with a platform especially made for ospreys
Ospreys live on every continent except Antarctica, often building their nests far above the ground atop a spruce or pine. Their nests are made of twigs gathered from the ground or broken off trees. Where no tall trees are available, they choose power pylons (common here in Ontario), factory chimneys or platforms on high poles.
Added later: I should explain that I took the first two photos standing on a bridge (or was it a pier?) on one side of the river, and took the third shot from the other side of the river.
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