The Osprey has a brown back with white head and belly. The only Australian bird of prey with dark line through the eye. the young have streaking across the chest.
Fish Hawk, White-headed Osprey
60cm long, with 1.5 wing span
Coastal waters, estuaries and islands.
Catches fish by plunging into water and grabbing with talons.
Builds large nest of sticks high in tree. Lays 2-3 creamy white eggs with red-brown blotches. May build nest on ground on islands without trees.
Found in costal Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Rarer round New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License