During the Osprey Hero Adventure I learned something interesting from Ben Wurst, the Osprey Hero. Ospreys have a unique fingerprint, and it’s smack dab in the middle of their foreheads. The brown markings on an Osprey’s forehead are completely unique to each bird, just like a human fingerprint. The problem is, Osprey like the lofty heights, so don’t always give a clear view of their foreheads. But thanks to the dense fogs we’ve been enshrouded in for weeks the Osprey have been hunting low and close to the beach. I decided to pull some archived, foggy-low-fly-photos and see if I could find some matches. Sure enough, I caught one Osprey with a unique fingerprint over consecutive days, shown in panel 1 & 2 above. Making a mental note of it, I’ve been watching for him.
During today’s epic “Start Of Summer”, I spotted a low flying nearshore Osprey. You can see the fingerprint match in the lower panel. What do you think? Is that the same Osprey?
Matching fingerprints makes you feel powerful, like the NSA or something. Next I want to listen to his phone calls. What a fun but painful way to identify our Osprey during the four years we wait for our bling bands!
We shall call him Tyrion. Tyrion seems to have a preference for flying low during the low tide, hunting the lower beach, right over the tide line. He’s an easy Osprey to spot when he hunts this way. Look for the unbalance “V” on his forehead and tell your friends, “It’s Tyrion”.