Osprey (male, feeding and bringing food to nest)

A male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) bringing food to its nest. The female Osprey was in the nest (out of sight) at the time of the following photo. The Osprey nest is located near Riverside Park, along the Mount Vernon Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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Notice the headless fish shown in all three photos. An experienced birder told me Osprey always eat fish from head to tail. In this case, the male Osprey ate the fish head while perched on a nearby tree before bringing the rest of the fish to the nest.

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Related Resource: Audioboo of the female Osprey calling its mate, recorded shortly before the photos were taken.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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