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    Our first sighting of an osprey was at Loch Ruthven. It circled the lake a couple of times, hovered briefly then plunged feet first into the water.We held our breath. Had it caught a fish? Time seemed to stand still. Unlucky this time, off he went
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    This year my wife and I were enjoying the evening sunshine and were lucky enough to see a juvenile Osprey make it's first flight from a nest near to our house. Words are insufficient to thank the RSPB for all you have done in protecting these birds.
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    In 2005 I volunteered for Operation Osprey. My first morning at the hide, I saw the female osprey circling the nest tree lower, and lower... Suddenly she dived... A moment later a red deer ran out from the bracken, evicted by a susicious bird!
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    In 2005 I volunteered for Operation Osprey. My first morning at the hide, I saw the female osprey circling the nest tree lower, and lower... Suddenly she dived... A moment later a red deer ran out from the bracken, evicted by a susicious bird!
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    After several days and many shots I managed to get this one of an osprey flying over the caravan site we were on for a week in Aberdeenshire. It felt good to get a decent photo as I thought I had missed the opportunity yet again.
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    After several days and many shots I managed to get this one of an osprey flying over the caravan site we were on for a week in Aberdeenshire. It felt good to get a decent photo as I thought I had missed the opportunity yet again.
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    Early evening, we were driving across the Cromarty Bridge and spotted an Osprey sitting on the railing, not 6ft from the car. We slowed down to watch him, drove up and down a few times and Loran managed to snap him with her camera phone. Awesome!!!
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    Catch of the day! This Osprey did well to hang on to this large fish.
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    Suddenly I was aware that I was being scrutinised by an Osprey. Taken from a balcony in Florida.
  • Blog Post: It's hard work being a bird

    There was a delicate, apricot light as we arrived at Gibraltar Point, where Lincolnshire dips its toes into The Wash. There was a wisp of mist hanging over the dunes but the sun saw through it and lit the saltmarsh from the east. We explored the dunes, watching for signs of life. It was early morning...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys on the move...and a bit of myth-busting

    One of the sites I check on a regular basis is a few miles away from The Lodge. Croydon Hill (in Cambridgeshire) is located at the site of a deserted medieval village called Clopton. This was once a thriving settlement that is mentioned in the Domesday Book, until, it is thought, it was deserted...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: osprey tumbledryer

    Ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure on this showery Monday, we bring you a blurred bird courtesy of RSPB Images : Great, isn't it? What a shot! Peter Cairns has captured this osprey having a good shake, preen and clean. This seems like a fun one for captions - please brighten up...
  • Blog Post: The birds and the bees

    She perched on the edge of her stick nest and called repeatedly. Suddenly, the male appeared in view, flew in and landed directly on her back. They mated - it lasted a few seconds - and then he flew off again without even pausing. Talk about wham, bam, thankyou Ma'am! Yes, it's that time of...
  • Blog Post: How to put a smile on your face

    I love to make the most of the weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy working for the RSPB, but you can't beat that feeling of coming in to work on a Monday morning knowing that I got out and about at the weekend, - preferably having been somewhere fabulous and seen something to keep me smiling...
  • Blog Post: Hunting high and low

    Although I find most birds endlessy fascinating, there always seems to be something particularly magical about catching a glimpse of a bird of prey - whether it's watching a sparrowhawk that's just landed in my back garden, or seeing buzzards catching some thermals in the air above me. But...
  • Forum Thread: Possible Osprey sighting?

    Hi, I was windsurfing at Grimwith Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales this afternoon and saw a large raptor flying along the north shore carrying what looked very like a dead fish in it's talons. I was a keen ornithologist whilst a young lad (many years ago) and though I have forgotten so much, a...
  • Forum Thread: Rutland ospreys

    Hi All Does anyone know when the ospreys might start returning to Rutland this year? I was thinking about planning a trip up in April and wondered if this would be a good idea. Any pointers greatly appreciated. Cheers E
  • Forum Thread: Aviemore, and a brain mushroom?

    Hi, We have just returned from our lovely yearly trip to Aviemore today. Loch Garten was a brilliant experience, and it was great to see EJ at the nest with her eggs! Could anybody confirm if the trees at Loch Garten are Scots Pine? Extremely tall with reddish bark nearing the tops, some sort of...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Migration

    Hi Maureen, 1. Many young birds will remain in wintering areas for their first summer or stop in the Mediterranean basin, some second year birds also stay in the south, and have given rise to persistent rumours of breeding in the African interior. for the vast majority of of second year birds do migrate...
  • Forum Thread: Osprey identification (in Cornwall)

    Yesterday while walking along the coast near helford we saw a large bird sitting at the water's edge on top of a smalll outcrop. I took some indifferent shots at max magnification and hand held to aid in identification and have come to the conclusion that the bird was probably an osprey - except...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Will the government sell off nature reserves to save money??

    Please spare a thought too for the Forestry Commission which, as a big landowner, will be very vulnerable to the Government's fast moving axe (maybe it should be a chainsaw). Established shortly after the Great War to provide a strategic reserve of timber the FC has evolved into a body that gives...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Possible Osprey sighting?

    Thanks for your replies Teresa and LuckyBustard. The Google Earth thing is interesting - what's the story behind the one ending up mid-Atlantic? It seems likely that my sighting was an Osprey then. Wow! I was sure it was carrying a fish, but didn't know whether to believe my eyes. The profile...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Possible Osprey sighting?

    According to my RSPB Handbook of British Birds (which I got free when I joined the RSPB and has been my Bird Bible ever since - thanks RSPB!): "They leave their nesting grounds in mid-August and head south on a broad front. They will stop at good feeding areas and reach their African winter quarters...
  • Forum Thread: Fishing

    My husband myself have watched with fascination the progress of the Osprey family all summer? What I would love to know is when do they learn to fish. Do they have to learn or is it in the "genes". I maybe missed something, though I have waited with baited breath for every new post.
  • Forum Reply: Re: Help need a specialist and generalist bird

    Hi Summer and welcome to the RSPB Community A Chaffinch makes quite a good "generalist" and a GS Woodpecker is something of a specialist (though that chisel bill gets used for jobs other than hacking at bark). For a true specialist I'd look to something like the Swift. It does everything...