The only raptor in North America that dives into the water after fish, the osprey is the sole bird of prey to feed only on fish. Weighing only 3 pounds, this strong flyer with a 6 foot wingspan can carry a trout of 2 or 3 pounds. The osprey’s only natural enemy, the bald eagle, may cause the osprey to drop a fish by striking the fish with clenched feet and then snaring it in midair.
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