"An Osprey Successfully Catching Breakfast" (1st Place)

Images of Research Competition

Editor's Notes

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. IOR showcases and preserves students' research in digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors. The jurors extend their thanks to the students who entered work for this year's competition. The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Agricultural Education, Agronomy, Biology, Design Engineering Technology, Fisheries/Aquatic Biology, Occupational Safety and Health, and Wildlife Conservation Biology. The jurors' decision-making process was challenging as the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and excellent representations of Murray State student research.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, Assistant Professor of University Libraries (Jury Chair)

Dr. Antje Gamble, Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Dr. Marcie Venter, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Flinn, Professor of Biological Science and Director of Hancock Biological Station

T. Michael Martin, MFA, Associate Professor of Art & Design and Director of University Galleries


Description: This male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) successfully caught a Freshwater Drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) for breakfast. As food provisioning is a neccessary requirement for successfully rearing offspring, one component of my research looked at the amount of food delivered to the nest during behavioral observations. Ospreys are unique in that their diet is compose of 99% fish; whereas, other species like the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) can be observed eating a variety of food resources, such as fish, turtles, and waterfowl.

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