From McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader
1. The fish hawk
, or osprey, is not as large as the eagle; but they have, like the eagle, a hooked bill and sharp
2. Their color is a dark brown, with black and white spots, and their length
is from twenty to twenty-two inches. The fish hawk
’s breast is mostly white. Their tail and wings are long.
3. The fish hawk
is often found sitting upon a tree over a pond, or lake, or river. They are also found by the seaside.
4. The fish hawk
watches the fish as they swim in the water beneath them; then they dart
and catch one of them.
5. When they catch a fish in their sharp
, rough claws, the fish hawk
carries it off to eat, and, as they fly away with it for its dinner, an eagle sometimes meets the fish hawk
6. The eagle flies at the fish hawk
fiercely with his sharp
bill and claws, and compels the hawk
7. Then the eagle catches the fish as it falls, before it reaches the ground, and carries it off.
8. The poor fish hawk
, with a loud cry, timidly flies away. They must go again to the water and catch another fish for its dinner.
9. As you can see the eagle is a robber. He robs fish hawks, whose only mode
of getting a living is by catching fish.