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Osprey on Long Caye, Belize

By Slickrock Adventures on September 19, 2011

Ospreys are found at all times of the year on Long Caye. There is a large population of ospreys in Belize, and they inhabit practically every island found in the country, since the barrier reef and atolls provide a perfect habitat for these fish-eating raptors with the abundance of fish present.

We commonly have two pairs of osprey nesting on Long Caye, and they patrol the island constantly to keep other ospreys out of their territory. They soar on the updrafts caused by the trees of the island, and screech, dive, and fight off other birds that they perceive as a threat. The fishing is easy for these birds, and we see them catching and eating fish at all times of the day.

Ospreys are not afraid of humans, and will nest near inhabited areas with no problem. Our nesting ospreys are easily observed at close quarters, and it is fun to observe their habits without having to use binoculars. They commonly raise a brood of chicks each season. We have built osprey platforms for their nests since first moving to Long Caye in 1992.

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