I Spy an Osprey, AKA the Mighty (and Monogamous) Sea Hawk

Here on Florida’s Little Gasparilla Island, if you hear a terrifying shrieking from high above, and notice a quick shadow move over you, relax – it’s not the aliens invading. It’s just the omnipresent osprey. Wait a minute, and it will likely swoop down and land near you, to rest on a tree branch so it can rip apart its latest catch. It could care less if you photograph it, too:

I watched this osprey use its powerful jaws to pull apart its meal, located somewhere in its talons, hidden by the branch (presumably it was a fish, for that's all they basically eat). While a fearless fish hunter, this bird-of-prey is downright conservative in its sexual mores, preferring to mate for life.

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