The Osprey‘s powerful curved talons come in handy when landing in a tall, bare tree.Unlike 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. To 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.