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.

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.

Where and 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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Tadoussac

    Monday, May 21, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f11.0
    ISO 1100

  • Quidi Vidi Harbour

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 800

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 200

Taxonomy

Accipitriformes
Pandionidae
Pandion haliaetus