By Gary Bogue
Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 7:50 am in Ospreys.
The osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is a large hawk that mostly eats fish. You usually spot them hovering over local lakes and reservoirs looking for prey. When it sees a fish, the osprey will dive down into the water with a large splash as it catches the fish in its talons. It then flies away with its catch.
Joe Oliver, a wonderful photographer from Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA, has provided these beautiful photographs of ospreys for our enlightenment and enjoyment.
Ospreys build large platform nests out of sticks in the tops of trees or on the sides of cliffs. In the San Francisco Bay Area, tall trees are usually used.
Ospreys nest at or near most reservoirs around the Bay Area. I’ve personally observed nests at San Pablo and Briones reservoirs in Contra Costa County. My readers have also reported seeing ospreys fishing at Lake Herman near Benicia in Solano County. /Gary