Diurnal birds of prey (Falconiformes) - RStade

Osprey – Emerging from water after an unsuccessful dive

Pandion haliaetus

December – Texas

L=23” ...... WS=63” ...... WT=3.5 lb Order: Falconiformes (Diurnal birds of prey) Family: Accipitridae (Hawks and allies)

Osprey, or as they are sometimes called “fish hawks”, are unique among North American raptors in that they eat live fish almost exclusively. To capture prey they dive into the water from a long glide or a hovering position. The dive ends with drama as both the head and feet of the Osprey enter the water. Since they can only penetrate the upper three feet of the water they must hunt for top feeding fish or in shallows.