I am absolutely buzzing as I went over to Weirwood Reservoir in Sussex to see how the water levels are going after all this rain, as I was driving there I was wondering if these reported Osprey sighting down south were for real or mistaken identities. For those I foolishly had been doubting (only in my mind) I humbly apologise as while I was sitting in the hide at the west end of the reservoir I looked to the right and I could see a large bird with long narrow wings coming towards me. It took a few seconds for me to click what it could be having never seen one in the wild before and then suddenly the grey matter clicked in and the voice in my head say "HEY stupid its an Osprey grab your camera". The weather today is damp and miserable with horrible grey skys so rubbish light levels, and that along with a old basic camera (Kodak Z1012IS) I snapped the following shots, all cropped and in some cases lightened up too.
Not everyone was as chuffed as seeing the Osprey as I was.
I had been sat alone in the hide for some time wishing someone else would turn up just so they could witness the sighting and just as it flew off a nice couple came in who were fellow birders and I told them what they had just missed. The lady said she had last seen an osprey in the same spot, 35 years ago (or was it 25?) sorry my poor old brain lol, and they both sat down in the hope it would return and sure enough it did making all our days.
This is Shane, happy as punch, reporting for you all, and not from Loch Garten, signing off.
Awww !! Shane ( one very happy bunny)
How brilliant is that, ????
They are such gorgeous & beautiful birds, you lucky thing!!!!!!
Thank you very much and it was BBRRIILLLIIIAAANNNT.
Shane (aka bugs)
Well done bugs how brilliant is that to get your own private show..glad you got some photos for us thet are fantastic
I still cannot believe on my first sighting of one how close it came, probably no more than 50 feet above and to the front me, I never saw it catch anything but it dissapeared up the reservoir and never came back so I guess it found its luch out of my sight. As always it my pleasure to share with all you nice people.
Oh well done and well captured Bugs - you must be over the moon. BBRRIILLLIIINNNT indeed!
LOL thanks Linda, I thought it was a cow that jumped over the moon not a rabbit but your spot on about how I feel.
What a brilliant experience and how great that you had the presence of mind (recovered brain cells!) to get photos, and also that someone turned up to share the experience. Bet you are still grinning like a cheshire cat.
Caroline in Jersey
Nice pictures of a nice bird
Yes Caroline your spot on one big smile still ok my face just waiting to be knocked off, and thats going to take some doing :-)
Thanks Seaman and I cannot agree more about it being nice/great bird.
Nice one, Mate! I can see your grin from here :)
Grey skies or not, it's always good to see Osprey flying around....
Nice pictures. How were the water levels?
Brilliant sighting, no wonder you're chuffed to bits :D
Great shots Shane, I can understand how chuffed you are. They ar quite frequent visitors here and yet I still get a rush everytime I see one.