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An Osprey perched atop a tree along the shore of Halfway Lake yesterday afternoon.

Ospreys are a common bird of prey to see along the waterways of not only Central Pennsylvania but throughout the world as well with populations found on every continent except Australia. Subsisting almost entirely on fish, Ospreys can be seen gliding over bodies of water as they search for fish in the water below. Upon spotting potential prey, they will suddenly dive towards the surface of the water from heights as high as 130' with their legs and talons stretched in front of them. Striking the water in an explosion of water, they can submerge their entire bodies in pursuit of a fish. Using their powerful wings, which can reach a wingspan of over 5.5', they pull themselves back into the air and head for a nearby tree to consume their catch if they have successfully caught a fish.


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