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.
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