A male osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is seen flying over water carrying a large fish in its talons. The description of this bird by the author begins as follows:
The habits of this famed bird differ so materially from those of almost all others of its genus, that an accurate description of them cannot fail to be
highly interesting to the student of nature.
The fish hawk may be looked upon as having more of a social disposition than most other Hawks. Indeed, with the exception of the swallow-tailed hawk (Falco furcatus), I know none so gregarious in its habits. It migrates in numbers, both during spring, when it shews itself along our Atlantic shores, lakes, and rivers, and during autumn, when it retires to warmer climes.