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An osprey in a nest with its wings spread out.


This raptor is never far from water. The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) covers some of the largest and most diverse territory of all birds. It can be found soaring along coasts, larger lakes and rivers around most of the world and survives entirely on live-caught fish. It flies in circles over the water, from 50 to 200 feet in the sky, until it sights its prey and plunges in seconds to pluck a fish from the water. The Osprey is also called a sea hawk or fish hawk.

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