Osprey breakfast

This osprey, perched on an oak tree limb Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Homosassa, consumes a ladyfish plucked from the Halls River minutes earlier. This time of year is when pairs of these birds construct nests high off the ground, lay and care for their eggs as they raise the next generation of osprey.

The osprey is arguably the most prevalent raptor along the Nature Coast. The high-pitched squeal of the osprey can be heard from local freshwater lakes on the eastern side of Citrus County to the tidal rivers that lead to the Gulf of Mexico and everywhere in between. 

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