Ospreys are also known as fish eagles, fish hawks, river hawks, and sea hawks (whether from Seattle or not), although the Pandionidae family contains neither eagles nor hawks (only the osprey in fact). Known as the "king of birds" to Buddhists, the osprey call resembles a seagull more than any raptor and they feed almost exclusively on fish plucked from river shallows. Their long, slender wings and soaring flying style define the elegance of the ospreys, and no doubt their intense stare strikes fear into the hearts of their prey.
During the Medieval period it was believed that fish were held spellbound by osprey prior to being taken; as Shakespeare wrote (in Act 4 Scene 5 of Coriolanus),
"I think he'll be to Rome as is the osprey to the fish, who takes it by sovereignty of nature."
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