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Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

A common bird of prey, I have been able to spot in Montreal, Tadoussac and Newfoundland. At some distance and when not gliding, the bird may be overseen and only at a closer look reveal its id.

Common Names

  • Osprey (en)
  • Águila pescadora (es)
  • Balbuzard pêcheur (fr)
  • Fischadler (de)


  • Accipitriformes
  • Pandionidae
  • Pandion haliaetus

Where & When to Spot

I saw Ospreys in spring and summer in Montreal (Rapids Park Lachine), in Tadoussac and in Newfoundland. Usually, the bird glides against the wind along the coast of the river or the sea looking out for prey. Being able to see the bird in Montreal or Tadoussac requires patience and luck, though.

How to Identify

Once I figured out that this bird is a bird of prey due to the form of its beak, I identify this bird by its white body and legs and mostly white bottom of the wings. An additional hint is the pattern of black on head and neck. It consists of a black stripe starting on the side at its beak covering the eye and then leading into the neck which is mostly black.


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-21

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f11.0; Iso 1100;

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Quidi Vidi Harbour - 2017-08-12

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-09-03

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f7.1; Iso 200;

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