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Grand Ol' Osprey 

Published July 21, 2009 at 5:50 p.m.

It's not every day I get to see an osprey--in fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen one. So pictures will have to suffice until I have time to detach from the computer and visit nature. That's why I thought I'd share this image sent by Steve Costello. Steve usually sends us press releases from his workplace, Central Vermont Public Service. You know, the Cow Power folks in Rutland, Vt. Today he shared "the best osprey photo I've taken in 13 years working on osprey restoration."

This bird is presumably a mama, as Steve says she took the unfortunate fish in her talons to a nest on top of a utility pole at Vermont's Lake Arrowhead. There "its lone chick eagerly waited" for breakfast. Yum. Sashimi with scales. And bones. Eyeballs...

But who am I to judge? Osprey eat almost exclusively a fish diet. The raptor, also called the sea hawk, can be found most places on the globe, though it hangs around water for obvious reasons. It was on the verge of extinction in Vermont, though, until the successful rescue efforts of the Department of Fish & Wildlife, CVPS and tireless Milton resident Meeri Zettertstrom. Very cool.

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Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston is a cofounder and the Art Editor of Seven Days. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


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