OSPREY; BIRDS OF PREY / by JC Mendez

This shot is a couple of years old taken during the Nesting Season at Everglades National Park. I spent about 6 hours of the day taking shots of the nesting family and, as luck would have it, I came away with some really great images.

The North American Osprey is a large raptor, that can grow to as much as 2 feet in length with a 6-foot wingspan. These Raptors have extraordinary vision and use their keen senses to hunt for food, killing their prey with their sharp talons. They can be found from Alaska, across Canada, southward to Mexico and the Caribbean, and into South America. They are also here in Florida and their population increases in the winter months where they spend the winter months nesting amidst the abundant feeding grounds of the Florida Everglades.