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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday's Foto

This Osprey is possible the most intimidating guard one could post to watch for scofflaws at this Brooklyn park. Prior to the banning of the pesticide DDT, populations of this raptor declined so precipitously that they were listed as endangered in New York and other states. They have since rebounded and are now more favorably listed as "Special Concern". Like owls, the Osprey is the only other raptor whose outer toe is reversible, allowing them to hold their prey with two toes facing forward and two facing back.

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