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An Osprey at the Lake


This Osprey was perched up in a tall Pine Tree on the far shoreline of the little Lake Paradise, across from Paradise Park in The Villages, FL.  I took the picture early Friday evening at about 5:30pm.  The Osprey was finishing its meal of a fish and after a few minutes, the majestic bird of prey flew off to other adventures!

Osprey, or Sea Eagles, and Sea Hawks as they are sometimes known, are keen hunters of fish, frogs, and the occasional small bird, baby alligator, duckling, gosling, or snake.  The Osprey live near bodies of water such as the oceans, lakes or rivers.  They prefer fish over most of the other foods I have mentioned.  They fish by snatching their prey with their sharp thick talon claws and then they fly up to a tree or tall post and eat.  These birds are found all over the United States.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!



Comments on: "An Osprey at the Lake" (5)

  1. That area will probably be his winter home this year. Good that you were able to photograph him!

  2. Great shots of the Osprey. They are neat birds to watch! Happy Monday, have a great week!

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks! At first from the distance, I thought it was a juvenile Bald Eagle but I quickly knew from seeing it in my long lens that yes, it was an Osprey. Have a fantastic evening tonight and an enjoyable day tomorrow!

  3. i would love to see one one day.

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