An Eastern Osprey perching and preening its feathers

An Eastern Osprey perching and preening its feathers
Species: Osprey   Pandion haliaetus
Subspecies: cristatus
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Date: 
Friday, May 24, 2019
Added to IBC: 26 May 2019 - 08:52
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Eastern Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus cristatus) are found from eastern Indonesia through lowland New Guinea to Australia and some nearby Pacific Islands.  Ospreys are fishing eagles, and are adept at catching fish with their huge, curved talons during a dramatic dive.  Ospreys are relatively common along the coast and estuaries of south-western Australia. This adult Osprey was perching on a dead tree on the edge of Peel Inlet, south of Perth in Western Australia.  It was preening, and occasionally calling to its mate and allowed me to approach it closely – a wonderful experience with a trusting wild eagle.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1586407. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1586407.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1586407. Video of Osprey Pandion haliaetus at Coodanup, Australia. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1586407.

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