Osprey are Adept Hunter of the Sea. This painting was designed for the Shelter Island NY Christmas card. The osprey is a large, fish-eating bird of prey that is found just about everywhere worldwide. It is not a sea-eagle, but a type of hawk. They are a highly specialised fish catcher, with closeable nostrils, a reversible toe, and spicules under the foot to maximise grip. The osprey occupies freshwater and marine habitats where there is adequate food in nearby fishing grounds. Some species feed on flamingoes, but most feed on fish.