Osprey Osprey Michael Ireland | Fotalia

The osprey can catch fish in water at high speed with their specially adapted talons. On occasions if the fish is too large the ospreys have been known to drown due to their claws catching the fish bones or scales. When hunting is successful large prey are often turned forwards presumably to assist with stream-lining whilst flying. Seen regularly in Ireland on migration and increasingly over-summering individuals.

Length: 55-69cm

Wingspan: 145-160cm

Weight: 1.1-1.65g

Habitat: Found in lakes, rivers and also coastal areas