Osprey - Automatic Knives

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by ike austin

While visiting one of my favorite Michigan Metro Parks one early morning, several Osprey juveniles were sitting in the nest when all of a sudden, one of the parent Osprey's bolted in my direction emitting a series of excited high pitched warning chirps. The Osprey circled low enough sending me a stern warning. I managed to get a close look at her "automatic knives" (as my wife calls them) of those intimidating, almost hydraulic, mechanical looking talons.

Location: Michigan Metro Park, Oakland County


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