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We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The North American Fish Eagle

Okay, this raptor is more commonly known as an Osprey but some refer to it as a Fish Eagle or Sea Hawk.  They are a relatively large bird of prey but only a fraction of the size of an eagle.  I mention this because we've heard many times when someone had claimed they were looking at an eagle when in reality it was an Osprey.  These birds of prey are predominantly fish eaters and can spot their next meal from 125 feet in the air.  When they spot the fish they hover for a moment then dive feet first into the water and grab supper.  The Osprey and Owls share a common trait in that their outer toes are reversible and that makes it possible to clutch a slippery fish with two toes around the front and two toes around the back of their prey.  All toes are the same length.  I suppose that also helps them to hold a hammer when they build those awesome square nesting platforms that they always seem to have.  On a more serious note, they do make a call that is similar to a eagle.  Cool birds for sure!

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