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Protected Wildlife

Osprey

Osprey

Another bird of prey is the osprey, commonly called a fish hawk. It is North America's largest hawk, with a wingspan of up to six feet in length, the osprey's diet consists mainly of fish, and it is our only raptor that plunges, feet first, into the water to capture its prey. Ospreys sometimes take over abandoned eagles nests.

 
 

Red Shoulder Hawk

Red Shoulder Hawk

The red shoulder hawk is one of Florida's typical medium sized hawks. It has a reddish-brown patch on its shoulder.

 
 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron is one of Florida's most common wading birds. The bird is lean gray in color and may stand up to four feet tall. Characteristic of a heron is its long legs; long neck - that is folded in flight - and its dagger like bill, that is used for spearing fish. All wading birds are protected.

 

Source: FWC Hunter Education Program

 
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