The magnificent osprey, or sea hawk, is always a treat to watch. In the very first morning light, its wings gain a metallic quality. One of the best places to spot this bird is on the west end of Galveston Island where the raptors like to perch on top of telephone poles with caught fish, the devouring of which can be a messy affair with guts and bones flying in every direction. Osprey can reach a wing-span of over 70 inches and are, after the peregrine falcon, the second most widely distributed raptor in the world.

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