How to identifyWhen seen in flight from below, the Osprey has white or slightly mottled underparts. The wings are angled, bending at the 'wrist' which has a black patch contrasting with the white wing linings and, at a distance, it could be mistaken for a large gull.
This spectacular fish-eating bird of prey is an Amber List species because of its historical decline (due to illegal killing) and low breeding numbers. They are listed as a Schedule 1 species on The Wildlife and Countryside Act.
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.