Osprey Have a Good Grip on Things

A diet of almost exclusively live fish means manipulating slippery prey on the fly:


  • Flexible toes: When plunging talons first into the water, osprey can reverse their outer toe to strike with two toes in the front and two in the back—a tougher grip to escape.
  • Sharp feet: The barbed pads that line the soles of the bird’s feet add extra gripping ability.
  • Aerodynamic approach: After a catch, osprey point fish forward to reduce wind resistance.



Watch an Osprey Fishing



See This Bird!!!

Each month during our 2016 Bird the Preserves initiative, we’re giving you the opportunity to see some of the most interesting birds in the preserves:

Birds at Baker’s Lake
Thursday, July 7, 2016 • 8-10 am
Saganashkee Slough-East, Willow Springs


Support for Bird the Preserves was generously provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Chicago Wilderness.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County