Hi, I am an Osprey that caught dinner just a few minutes ago. We are very excellent at catching fish, and fish make up about 90 per cent of our diet. Eating so much fish you will find us by rivers, lakes, ponds, and anywhere there are waterways. We hun† by diving into the water's surface from 30 to 100 feet up.
I don't know if you ever noticed are huge, scaly feet with razor claws which we use when we are hunting for fish. We use these feet and claws to get a very tight grip on the fish which can be tough because the fish is wet. You may not notice but we have these small spines or spicules on the underside of our toe pads which help our strong grip in catching a fish.
We also have reversible outer toes which give an extra way to catch and hold onto the fish. Like I told you in the beginning we are predatory just eating fish. We will even build a nest by any body of water that is large enough so we can hunt for fish. We fly about the water when hunting and then snatch the surface fish directly out of the water without getting wet cool heh?
Ospreys like me have many names, such as Fish Hawks, Sea Hawks, River Hawks, and Western Ospreys. We are birds of prey and very much associated with water bodies, because of our love of eating fish. One more thing to remember Our gripping pads on our feet truly help us to pluck those fish from the water with our curved claws and carry them even at a great distance.
We also have dis-locatable shoulder joints, underwater vision, a fleshy nostril that closes and the ability to dive into the water at high speed after fish then feet first. Even having such special feathers are excellent at shedding water quickly. So now you know why we are birds of prey and very easy for us to catch fish. No, do not even think about it, we do not fish for humans![the_ad id="61677"]