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Osprey Wet Suit

When your sole diet is fish, you become quite the waterman… even if you’re a bird.

Ospreys are especially adapted to their lifestyle on the open water. Watching our Osprey Live Cam, you might find Rachel preening herself – in between rearranging the nest of course! This stimulates a gland that produces an oil to help waterproof her feathers. This is always important for hunting, but particularly now. When the chicks arrive, a brood of three Osprey chicks requires up to six pounds of fish each day!

If that weren’t cool enough, barbed pads on the soles of Ospreys’ feet help them grip slippery fish when flying. After snagging fish with their talons, Ospreys shake excess water in mid air and take time to arrange the fish to carry it head first.

Check out these amazing “water” birds on the Live Cam.