Two young ospreys fledged from the Bowmont Park nest this year. The starkness of the bare branch against the open sky in this photo compelled me to convert it to black and white. But I wanted to keep the orange eye. Young ospreys have orange eyes whereas adults have light lime-greenish yellow eyes. Also, the white scalloping on the ends of juvenal wing feathers is not seen in adults, whose feathers are entirely dark brown.
Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus
Pandion was a mythical king of Athens and haliaetus comes from two Greek words which mean sea eagle (wikipedia)
P.S. Because the branches form a “K”, I tried to think of a word that started with “K” and had something to do with ospreys while editing the photograph. But nothing came up. When Michael (Richards) of A Certain Line commented that he found the image powerful, the “K” word appeared instantly. King of course! The young osprey also happens to be perched in the tree near his (her?) nest where one of his parents would perch when not fishing or sitting on the nest. Since female ospreys spend a lot more time on the nest than males, the usual perched osprey would have been papa osprey. So, a fun title for the photo could be “The prince on the king’s throne” (but the prince may be a princess).