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Raptors need an exceptional set of eyes to spot prey from the sky, and the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) has the added challenge of seeing through rippling water to find a meal.
Spotting fish is one thing; catching it is another. The osprey will hover 40 metres above the water, ready to dive in an instant. Its wings are always slightly bent and never flat like a soaring eagle–a behaviour that gives the osprey its unique angled silhouette.
The osprey's feet are also perfectly designed for fishing. Its outer toe can turn forwards or back to grab hold of a slippery fish. What's more, the soles of its feet are covered with barbs (spicules) to maximize their grip. The osprey is a fascinating bird that is likely to be found wherever there's an abundance of fish–keep an eye out the next time you're exploring Canada's shores and waterways!
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• Superior craftsmanship brings added depth and dimension to every detail on your coin of this magnificent bird.
• Your coin is a striking addition to any Canadiana- or nature-themed collection.
• Your coin is GST/HST exempt with a limited worldwide mintage.
Your coin was designed by Canadian artist Arnold Nogy and features a side profile portrait of the magnificent osprey. A brisk wind ruffles its white and brown plumage, which is rendered in dimensional detail by the coin's intricate engraving. The breeze does little to divert this raptor's fixed gaze, as its yellow eyes intently survey the surrounding landscape from high atop its perch. The bird of prey's closed bill showcases its sharp downward curve, which only adds to the osprey's austere expression.
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with black beauty box.
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