May 17, I was out with my beautiful Greyhound, Niecey, for a walk on the east side of Bowmont Park in Calgary. We had been informed previously that there was a manmade Osprey perch along the river. Sure enough, we came upon the perch with a nest on top.
We were extremely fortunate to see 2 Osprey in the area. What I believe was the male was sitting in a nearby tree. The female was flying, circling around the nest until she finally landed comfortably on her perch.
What a magnificent creature. Interestingly “Ospreys are neither hawks nor eagles – taxonomists put them in their own subfamily, with a membership of only one species.” They feed by fishing feet first. Their feet are designed to catch and hold fish with 2 toes forward and one back. They hold their catch parallel to their bodies making it more aero-dynamic for flying. We were not so fortunate as to observe the Osprey fishing. I can guarantee you, though, that we will be returning in the hopes of being lucky enough to observe them again.