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Pandion haliaetus

The Osprey is a large bird of prey who can be found on all the world’s continents, excepting Australia and Antarctica. Its diet is almost always comprised of fish. While most other raptors snag fish from the surface of the water, this bird plunges feet first into the water to secure its meal. They are one of the most successful creatures at catching fish, making catches on 25% to 70% of their attempts. They have feet that are adapted to pivot one of their toes and raspy pads to help with gripping its slippery prey.

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