Photo: The difference between eagles and ospreys

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Photographer Bob Peterson describes this incredible shot as an osprey enjoying his lunch of fresh mullet on a windy day. How did he know it was an osprey not an eagle? Well, he knows his birds, obviously. But to the uninitiated, ospreys and bald eagles are sometimes confused – both are majestic fishers that often share the same habitat.

The biggest giveaway is that ospreys can be identified by their white underparts (no, not underpants), as seen here. They also have a unique black stripe across their eyes that winds down the side of their beautiful faces. Not to mention the feet – if you see a giant osprey-looking bird that has yellow feet, it's a bald eagle. So there you have it, never confuse the two again!

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