good quick bite, the many canals and lakes that dot the South
landscape make a great respite on a long trip.
my timing was impeccable, as I arrived just when dinner was
Mmmmmm, fresh lake Blue Gill Sushi!
is a video of my buddy Phil Phishawk (Osprey)
This video may take several minutes to download,
so be patient.
Osprey is 52-60 centimetres (20.5-23.6 in) long with a 152-167
cm (5-5.5 ft) wingspan. It has mainly white underparts and head,
apart from a dark mask through the eye, and fairly uniformly brown
upperparts. Its short tail and long, narrow wings with four long
"finger" feathers (and a shorter fifth) give it a very distinctive
appearance. Juvenile birds are readily identified by the buff
fringes to the upperpart plumage, buff tone to the underparts,
and streaked crown. By spring, wear on the upperparts makes barring
on the underwings and flight feathers a better indicator of young
birds. Adult males can be distinguished from females from their
slimmer bodies and narrower wings. They also have a weaker or
non-existent breast band than the female, and more uniformly pale
underwing coverts. It is straightforward to sex a breeding pair,
but harder with individual birds. In flight, Ospreys have arched
wings and drooping "hands", giving them a diagnostic gull-like
appearance. The call is a series of sharp whistles, cheep, cheep,
or yewk, yewk. Near the nest, a frenzied cheereek!
The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus is a medium-large raptor which is
a specialist fish-eater with a worldwide distribution. It occurs
in all continents except Antarctica, but in South America only
as a non-breeding migrant. It is often known by other colloquial
names such as fishhawk, seahawk or Fish Eagle.
The Osprey is a species with many unique characteristics, and
therefore has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion