Another photo from the boat, so many birds so little time.
This osprey sat on top of a pole in the marsh and allowed us to drift close
Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds' feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance.