All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

This Osprey was fishing in the river below the Ft. Loudon dam. It came up "empty taloned" this time. When ospreys do catch a fish, they turn it head-first into the wind so it will be streamlined and easier to fly off to the nest.
Ospreys were endanger...
This Osprey was fishing in the river below the Ft. Loudon dam. It came up "empty taloned" this time. When ospreys do catch a fish, they turn it head-first into the wind so it will be streamlined and easier to fly off to the nest.
Ospreys were endangered during the 1970's. Before the insecticide DDT was banned they had high levels of the chemical in their bodies from the fish that they ate. DDT worked its way up the food chain and eventually into the top predators. The chemical caused thinning of the birds' egg shells, when the parents sat on the eggs they often cracked, resulting in the death of the developing chicks.

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