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Morning,

A shot from last year, taken at Leighton Moss RSPB reserve in Lancashire. We were in one of the hides and had just watched one of the young Marsh Harriers quartering the reedbeds when my wife spotted this Osprey. Usually they stay over on the far side of the water but for once this one angled across and passed right in front of the hide.

Some words about Ospreys from the RSPB.
Seen in flight from below the osprey has white or slightly mottled underparts. The long wings are angled, bending at the 'wrist' which has a black patch contrasting with the white wing linings, and at a distance it could be mistaken for a large gull. This spectacular fish-eating bird of prey is an Amber List species because of its historical decline (due to illegal killing), and low breeding numbers.
Its main UK stronghold is in Scotland (with some sites in North East England) where you can visit many nest sites with public viewing facilities, including Loch Garten (Highland), Wigtown (Dumfries and Galloway) and Loch of the Lowes (Perthshire). In 2001 it began breeding in England at Bassenthwaite in Cumbria, at Rutland Water (where it was introduced) and there are two pairs with viewing facilities in Wales. Can be seen at almost any large body of freshwater during spring and autumn migration.


We think this may be one of the Bassenthwaite birds as it is only a 10 minute flight from there to Leighton Moss.

Cheers

Andy

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Apr 2013 - 11:34 AM
Focal Length:420mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Osprey
Username:Andysnapper Andysnapper
Uploaded:25 Feb 2014 - 6:27 AM
Tags:Birds, General, Osprey, Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2014 - 6:29 AM

An impressive in flight capture and very well composed image.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43436 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2014 - 6:32 AM

A great sight to witness and such a cracker to capture against the beautiful blue sky Andy.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2014 - 6:33 AM

An excellent sighting and capture, Andy. Carol

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SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2014 - 7:15 AM

A great spot by your wife and a super capture by you.

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25 Feb 2014 - 8:36 AM

Great image. Ted. GrinGrin

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25 Feb 2014 - 9:53 AM

A stunning in flight capture Andy GrinGrin

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25 Feb 2014 - 12:13 PM

Superbly detailed capture Andy. Wonderful shot.
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25 Feb 2014 - 12:50 PM

A brilliant in flight imageSmile
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ukgubbi
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26 Feb 2014 - 12:28 AM

Nice shot.

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2014 - 4:37 PM

a wonderful shot a bird i saw on numerous occasions at weir wood reservoir in east sussex they get the there every year

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