Osprey

Where can I see the Osprey

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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.

Animal population
19,200-27100,23000
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IUCN Classification
Least Concern (LC)
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Geeky Facts about the Osprey

Fact 1

Ospreys build large nests from sticks.

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Ospreys are one of the world's most widely distributed birds.

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Ospreys are large birds of prey.

Tours where I can see the Osprey

UK 3 Peaks Challenge
UK 3 Peaks Challenge

UK 3 Peaks Challenge

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United Kingdom
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
3 - Average

4 days from

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Mongolia
Mongolia

Mongolia

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Mongolia
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
5 - Challenging

23 days from

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