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Osprey

By Andysnapper
Now this definitely not the best Osprey with fish photo you will ever see but I'll post it anyway.

It's a fairly large crop so its a bit indistinct but we think this is the male feeding the, now almost fully-grown, chicks. The female will probably have left for Africa by this stage and dad will go very soon. When the kids realise they are not being fed they will also leave and then spend 2 to 3 years in Africa before flying back to find partners and breed.

This is a real success story as the Osprey was extinct in Britain by 1840 but after a few pairs came from Scandinavia in the 1950's and a re-introduction and protection excercise in the 1970's the number of pairs has steadily increased until there are now estimated to be between 250-300 pairs every year.

Cheers

Andy

Tags: Birds Raptor Osprey Wildlife and nature

Voters: CarolG, pronabk, NDODS and 11 more


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Comments


CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
30 Aug 2012 6:36AM
Very well spotted and captured, Andy. Carol

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 7:07AM
A superbly captured, well timed image Andy, which certainly provides us with a valuable insight into this magnificent Bird of Prey's life.

Regards Nathan
30 Aug 2012 7:33AM
What a privilege to see
Jenni
netta1234 Plus
4 354 2 Wales
30 Aug 2012 8:09AM
Great capture
NettaSmile
30 Aug 2012 8:45AM
fancy capturing that .... whoah!
the one on the nest doesnt look like a load of fun
30 Aug 2012 11:34AM
Nicely captured.
pdcche 5 4 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 9:51PM
Well captured in flight shot, thanks for sharing, Peter..
30 Aug 2012 11:37PM
Nice capture one to keep in the folder.
jj

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