"Squirrel-huntin'" our neighbor used to call it -- driving along in a car while keeping an eye on the scenery. That's what I was doing yesterday morning down near the river when a flash of white in a tree caught my eye. A crow was keeping an eye on a larger bird with lots of white on its head, chest, and legs . . .
This is a little traveled road and not a soul passed as I stopped to take a picture of what I guessed was an osprey -- but I wasn't sure till I got home and put the pics on the computer and began to crop them.
Oh, yes, it's an osprey, I'm pretty sure!
These next two pictures are from the internet -- I'd need a much better lens to achieve a picture like this. But what a gorgeous bird!
NOT MY PHOTO!The osprey, also known as sea hawk, fish eagle, or fish hawk is found worldwide on every continent except Antarctica. About 24 inches (60 cm) in length with a wingspan of about 71 inches (180 cm,) it weighs from 2 to 4 plus pounds. Its diet is mainly fish -- the one I saw was just by the river -- when a fish is sighted, the osprey will hover momentarily over the surface of the water then plunge in feet first to grab its prey.
Now I have to keep my eyes open for signs of a nest. . . wouldn't that be nice?
ALSO NOT MY PHOTO