Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Stormy is an adult Osprey, otherwise known as a Seahawk, brought to CFRC by a Coastal Carolina rehabber in September 2015. He arrived with a fractured right radius and right ulna. Osprey’s need to hover as they hunt for fish and Stormy can no longer do this due to the wing injury. Consequently, he cannot be released. He is becoming an excellent education ambassador and has been seen by thousands at UNCW Seahawk sporting events.
Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. Being a coastal region, they are quite common around these parts. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Hunting Ospreys are a picture of concentration, diving with feet outstretched and yellow eyes sighting straight along their talons.