On Sloptown Road, right on the edge of the Mike and Susie Myers' property is the TDS Island Telephone tower that sends the microwave signals to the mainland. On top of this tower is a nesting Osprey. It is always wonderful to keep track of this bird and any young baby birds that result from this nest.
This combination of modern technology and the natural environment is always an amazing one. BI News on the 'Net will try to keep track of the osprey nest throughout the nesting season.
(Pandion haliaetus) , also known colloquially as seahawk , fish hawk or fish eagle , is a diurnal , fish-eating bird of prey . It is a large raptor , reaching 60 centimetres (24 in) in length with a 1.8 metre (6 ft) wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly whitish on the head and underparts, with a brownish eye patch and wings.
The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant .
As its other common names suggest, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits some unique behaviours to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus , Pandion and family , Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognised. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle .