We call them fish hawks, fish eagles, and a multitude of other nicknames. Many are familiar with the osprey, that large, crooked-winged raptor patrolling the world’s watery habitats for fish, its preferred food source. Found on every continent except Antarctica, ospreys are summer birds for most of us in North America, spending their winters along warmer waterways in the South American tropics. Florida is an exception, as ospreys can be found in that state year-round. Ospreys have made an impressive comeback since the mid-twentieth century, when their numbers plummeted due to DDT poisoning and other environmental hazards. Thanks to conservation efforts, these incredible birds are on the rise again. How well do you know ospreys?
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