SANDERLINGS ON ABACO
VIDEO 1 The scuttling and scooting around of sanderlings on a mission
VIDEO 2 Bathtime in a tide-pool and assorted comings & goings…
All photos and movies RH
The magnificent Osprey Pandion haliaetus is one of the world’s most successful raptors and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
On Abaco the Osprey is a permanent breeding resident, and while certainly not an ‘every day bird’, the chances of seeing one are reasonable. They are fairly often seen flying over the bay at Delphi, or out on the Marls. A pair recently nested at Sandy Point close to Nancy’s restaurant.
There are few more exhilarating sights in the world of birds than an osprey swooping from a great height into the sea, emerging with a large fish held characteristically ‘fore and aft’ in its talons, and flying into the distance with heavy wing-beats. This wonderful close-up by wildlife photographer PHIL LANOUE shows an osprey that has actually managed to grab dinner for two…
This bird looks as if it is poised to dive onto some hapless fish
10 PANDION POINTS TO PONDER
PUTTING THE ‘PREY’ INTO ‘OSPREY’
A utility post makes a perfect perch for a bonefish snack
The impressive wingspan of an Abaco osprey
An osprey far out on the Marls. I managed to get some distance shots of it despite having a fishing rod in my hand…
The Osprey is a prolific symbol in national, cultural and sporting themes, and has been depicted on Bahamas stamps. And quite right too.
Wm Shakespeare Coriolanus
I think he [Coriolanus] will be to Rome
As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it
By sovereignty of nature…
Credits: Jim Todd (1, 3), Tom Sheley (2), Phil Lanoue (4), Gareth Rasberry / Wiki (5), Danny Sauvageau (6, 8), Woody Bracey (7), Craig Nash (9), RH (Marls pics) – thanks for all image use permissions