Osprey – (Pandion haliatus) are birds of prey which means they hunt and fish for other fish and animals. Osprey can be seen in many states from Alaska to Florida. They are a very common sight in SW Florida especially around the coastal areas where fish are available. I often see them perched on top of a bridge or post looking for fish. They are in the group of birds called raptors since they hunt and live by eating other fish and animals. They have powerful talons, or clawed feet which enables them to strike and grab their prey and kill them during flight. Their beaks are also very sharp and this allows them to tear away the flesh of their prey. Osprey are diurnal which means they hunt during the day and sleep at night. They are often seen near and around wetlands, freshwater and saltwater environments. I see them flying over my house and sometimes sitting atop rooftops, near wetlands or coastal areas searching for prey. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a lot of good information about birds and animals that make Florida home.
picture courtesy of Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission