PHOTO OF THE DAY: Adult Osprey Carrying Fish Spotted at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

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image was captured back in 2014

In this image from 2014, an adult osprey, carrying a fish in its talons, prepares to land in its nest atop a speaker platform in the press site parking lot at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA image)

(NASA) – In this image from 2014, an adult osprey, carrying a fish in its talons, prepares to land in its nest atop a speaker platform in the press site parking lot at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

In the background is the 209-foot-tall U.S. flag painted on the side of the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building, which serves as the central hub of NASA’s premier multi-user spaceport, capable of hosting several different kinds of rockets and spacecraft at the same time.

The parking lot borders the water of the Launch Complex 39 turn basin, making it an ideal source of food for the osprey.

The undeveloped property at Kennedy Space Center is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge provides a habitat for a plethora of wildlife, including 330 species of birds.

For information on the refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/Index.html.

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