Coming in for a landing . . .

IMG_4018The Osprey‘s powerful curved talons come in handy when landing in a tall, bare tree.IMG_4017Unlike other birds of prey, the Osprey‘s talons are “nearly cylindrical, rounded on the top and bottom . . .” (The Scottish Wildlife Trust), and “their toes are lined with short, stiff spikes for extra grip” (Audubon.org) as they catch and carry large fish. IMG_4026To watch the Osprey‘s powerful talons in action, check out this remarkable BirdNote segment, featuring a video from Arkive.org. Hear and read more about this ‘fantastic fisher’ on this BirdNote podcast at Audubon.org.

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