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Osprey?

Could someone tell me if this is an osprey? If not what kind of bird could it be. My friend had me set a trail cam up to get a picture of it as it drops in for a meal out of his pond. He thought it may be an osprey, but do they have the white on end of their tail like this bird? Any information in identifying would be great.

Notice the white on the tail.

This one you can see the white under the bird.

This one it's in the water taking a fish.
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not sure what it is but definitely doesn't look like an osprey

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The Osprey I see while kayaking down at Nockamixon look WAY bigger than that one. Maybe it's a young one you got there?...I dunno.

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The Osprey I see while kayaking down at Nockamixon look WAY bigger than that one. Maybe it's a young one you got there?...I dunno.
That's what I was thinking. Looks small to be an osprey. I have two bird guides and have looked on the net and can't seem to find what it may be.
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Re: Osprey?

It is hard to tell the size of the bird in the photo but it looks smaller than an osprey and I have seen a lot of ospreys, I have handled a few, none of them looked like that bird. Below are some pictures. As you can see no white tail band on mature or immature birds.

http://www.pbase.com/nsxbirder/osprey_nest_2008



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Re: Osprey?

Eastern Kingbird:
"A large dark flycatcher of fields and other open areas, the Eastern Kingbird is a common and widespread species. Despite its name, its range extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast."
Are you sure it was catching fish or catching insects off the water?

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Re: Osprey?

I would say Eastern Kingbird as well. National Geographic's bird guide says they are aften found near water. Looks to be spot on in appearance as well. White belly, black tail tipped in white.

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Eastern Kingbird:
"A large dark flycatcher of fields and other open areas, the Eastern Kingbird is a common and widespread species. Despite its name, its range extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast."
Are you sure it was catching fish or catching insects off the water?
Yep, I would say you guys got the right bird. Thanks for the information. I guess the pics of the osprey will have to wait. Ha ha
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I would say Eastern Kingbird as well. National Geographic's bird guide says they are aften found near water. Looks to be spot on in appearance as well. White belly, black tail tipped in white.
Thanks for all the info. If I have a question I always get an answer here. I would have never guessed such a small bird since he had seen an osprey in the area.
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