The museum has prepared the skeletal structure of an Osprey kindly donated by George Kockott of Rainbow Valley. The scientific name of this bird is Pandion haliaetus. Pandion was a legendary king of Athens. A number of his relatives were apparently turned into birds. Legend has it he was transformed into an Osprey ….
Ospreys have been seen throughout the year in East London – a Palearctic migrant which travels south to enjoy our summer (October -March), with some immatures spending their first winter in Africa. Its distribution is mainly the eastern half of southern Africa (with a few scattered records from Namibia). With a wingspan of bewteen 1.45m – 1.7m these birds have a journey length of bewteen 4000 – 10 000 km.
A photo record in January this year of Ospreys was captured by museum scientist Kevin Cole – two birds were flying along the beach between the Nahoon River Mouth and Bonza Bay.