Hudson River’s Greatest Angler
Back when birds were recognized by their diets or habitat, the Osprey was commonly called river hawk, sea hawk or fish hawk. Our western osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is not a hawk, it is a subspecies of its own genus osprey and is a rather unique bird. It is a large raptor often mistaken for a bald eagle. Having a wingspan of more than 71 inches, or six feet, and perched it stands two feet tall. It is brown and gray with white under markings on it’s body and wings. It has a mostly white head with a dark stripe through its eye giving it the appearance of white crown.