Osprey

Osprey Photo credit- Rostislav Stach: SHAPE/DCNAThe Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), our species of the week, is commonly found near the coasts of the ABC islands where it is known as Gabilan Piskadó in Papiamentu. They are very skilled and unique hunters who primarily target fish by diving, piercing and seizing them with their sharp talons – one of which is opposable, like humans’ thumbs.

In September 2011, the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) shared a very nice video of an Osprey in action here – http://www.arkive.org/osprey/pandion-haliaetus/video-00.html