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I am reposting this, with a better image of the bird. I saw a raptor -- not an Osprey -- take a fish from the water and bring it to shore to eat. The location is Ikuchi island in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. I was able to photograph it only at a distance. I am wondering if it might be a White-tailed Eagle.  If not, other suggestions? 


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I have found White-tailed Eagles to be highly variable, after seeing about 40 over the winter. The overall size, shape, and coloration match, as well as the habitat and behavior. It seems the only real option. I am including some of my own pictures from January in Kyrgyzstan for comparison.2105983886_Bishkekfishponds1-20-20-5.thumb.jpg.989c3ca9a3adbb119cf14309cc0f1f7a.jpg146607676_Bishkekfishponds1-20-20-2.thumb.jpg.47a174f0a42f41ee673f4b0e3314ff8b.jpg 

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