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Osprey
The Osprey is a unique fish-eating raptor placed in its own family, the Pandionidae. This is probably a male based on its mostly white chest. The yellow eye indicates an adult. Ospreys lack the supraorbital ridge above the eye making them appear less fierce and more bug-eyed than most other raptors. Note the underwing primary coverts are barred dark brown on the inner web and wholly dark brown on outer web, characteristic of the large North American subspecies "P. h. carolinensis." Formerly imperiled by pesticides, they are currently listed as a species of special concern in California. However they have largely recovered in Northern California with the banning on DDT.
Location
Hidden Beach, Aptos, California, USA
Date taken
11 January 2024
Scientific name
Pandion haliaetus

Media information

Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
154
Comment count
4

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/6.3
Focal length
216.2 mm
Exposure time
1/500 second(s)
ISO
100
Filename
OspreyIMG_1943.jpg
File size
244.2 KB
Date taken
Thu, 11 January 2024 1:05 PM
Dimensions
1024px x 1002px

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