July 12, 2009---Returned 45 miles from Knoxville down river to Fort Loudon Marina.
Made a special effort to get pictures of the Osprey. Their nests can be seen on nearly every day marker along the river. It is common for the Osprey to nest on manmade structures. We have been on the Tennessee River long enough the young are starting to leave the nest. The best pictures were taken at mile marker 636.9
One of the largest birds of prey in North America it is also of the most widespread bird in the world, found on all continents except Antarctica. They are generally found near large bodies of water.
The Osprey is a fish-eating specialist, with live fish accounting for about 99% of its diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible. Because of their eating habits these birds are commonly know as "Fish Hawks".