The Osprey is a large raptor, with a wingspan of up to six feet. They are brown on the upperparts and white underneath, with black speckles on the breast. Ospreys have a distinctive black and white head pattern, and their eyes are orange.
Ospreys feed almost exclusively on fish, which they catch by diving into the water from a great height. They have special adaptations for hunting fish, including reversible outer toes that help them grip slippery prey, and a serrated beak that helps them tear flesh.
Osprey populations were once in decline due to the use of DDT in agriculture, but have made a strong recovery in recent years. They are now common across North America and Europe. Ospreys are a popular bird to watch, due to their aerial skills and interesting behaviour.