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Osprey: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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As a fisherman, the osprey is unequalled in the bird world. After sighting its prey from the air, the bird angles its wings in a powerful dive and plunges after its victim with its fierce claws extended. These are specially adapted for gripping the fish. Emerging from the water, the wriggling victim is held fast in its captor’s talons and carried off to be devoured. These magnificent birds of prey disappeared from Britain at the end of the last century, but a pair returned to Scotland over 50 years later to breed. They are now safeguarded as a protected species.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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