The 'Bone-Breaker' - the origins of the name, Osprey
Osprey have long captured the imagination of people and its very name derives from the Latin ‘ossifragium’ or ‘bone-breaker’, alluding to the great strength it was thought to have. It does have very powerful legs and feet to catch and hold prey but not quite bone-crushing. It is supremely well adapted to hunting over water, its feathers shed water quickly, it can take off from the water’s surface and it can close its nostrils just before it dives. It is also very good at hovering and waiting to see fish movement before it dives in.