Also called a fish hawk, these are among the most widespread birds in the world. They often hover before plunging feet-first into the water to catch a fish. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds' feet help them grip slippery fish which they hold, head forwards to minimize wind resistance. Males may fly with the fish to the nest for a female or chicks.
A large proportion of Osprey chicks don't make it to adulthood. If the young ones can't learn to fish well enough to feed themselves in their critical first year, they starve to death.
San Blas, Mexico. (2/07)