Osprey Pandion haliaetus

This species is doing well in its UK breeding range which is almost exclusively in Scotland. Though Scottish breeders presumably migrate through England many of the passage migrants seen here are probably of Scandinavian origin.

Despite the fact that the Scottish population was going from strength to strength and has already expanded into England (at least one pair breeding regularly in the Lake District), and despite the fact that birds were beginning to over-summer in southern England with increasing frequency, sometimes even showing signs of nesting, a decision was made to reintroduce this species in England. Birds were released at Rutland Water in Leicestershire and have been breeding there each summer since 2001 (two nests in 2007).

At least one of the main taxonomic authorities now treats the Australasian form of Osprey as a distinct species, calling that species Eastern Osprey and the one inhabiting most of the rest of the world Western Osprey - surely one of the worst naming decisions ever.

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Osprey, undisclosed location (Norfolk, UK), 18th September 2009

 

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Osprey, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 19th September 2010

 

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Osprey, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 22nd September 2010 (the same bird as above)

 

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Osprey, Liwonde (Malawi), 27th May 2011

 

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Osprey (with House Crow), north of Muscat Airport (Muscat, Oman), 18th November 2017

 

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Osprey, from boat north of Marina Bandar al Roudha (Muscat, Oman), 4th November 2017

 

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Osprey, Sur Masirah (Masirah, Oman), 6th November 2017

 

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Osprey, undisclosed location (Norfolk, UK), 19th September 2009 - the same bird as in the first block of photos above

 

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Osprey, Bittering (Norfolk, UK), 26th August 2013 - being mobbed by Jackdaws and Rooks in the first photos

 

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Osprey, undisclosed location (Scotland, UK), 30th April 2007

 

Osprey, Nkhotakhota Pottery (Malawi), 8th October 2008 - Ospreys here are Palaearctic migrants so this is the same form that occurs in Europe.

 

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Osprey, Qurayyat (Muscat, Oman), 3rd November 2017

Osprey, undisclosed location (Scotland, UK), 30th April 2007

 

Osprey, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 15th September 2015

 

Osprey, Thornham (Norfolk, UK), 3rd September 2014

 

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Ospreys, Loch Garten (Scotland, UK), 30th April 2007

 

The species has a wide global distribution and the following photos relate to the North American subspecies carolinensis. This race differs from the European birds of the nominate race haliaetus in having more heavily-pigmented upperparts and a less distinct (or absent) breast band.

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North American Osprey (race carolinensis), Tamiami Trail S-333 (Florida, USA), 14th April 2013

 

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adult and juvenile North American Ospreys (race carolinensis), Lovers Key State Park (Florida, USA), 15th April 2013

 

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North American Ospreys (race carolinensis), Flamingo (Florida, USA), 24th April 2013

 

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North American Osprey (race carolinensis), Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 20th April 2013

 

North American Osprey (race carolinensis), Flamingo (Florida, USA), 18th April 2013

 

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North American Osprey (race carolinensis), Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 21st April 2013

 

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North American Osprey (race carolinensis), Dog Beach (Florida, USA), 15th April 2013

 

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North American Osprey (race carolinensis), Oyster Bay Shoreline Park (British Columbia, Canada), 12th September 2006

 

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North American Osprey (race carolinensis), Bass Lake (California, USA), 4th May 2005