Osprey, Derwent Reservoir - 8 July 2018.

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Osprey, Derwent Reservoir - 8 July 2018.

  • 2 Different Osprey visits today. Our "semi resident" Osprey EE had earlier been spooked but a dog walker who was trespassing in the reserve and had disappeared in the early afternoon according to others in the hide. Fortunately we were provided with some entertainment by an unringed Osprey who spent about 15 minutes circling and looking for fish, at one point landing on the deck after being mobbed by a host of gulls.

    And it departed without a fish.

    About 30 minutes later EE returned escorted by a couple of Crows

    Settled in a tree

    At first it looked like he might just settle but shortly afterwards he went into fishing mode.

    Howevr, he may not have been that hungry and it was all pretty half hearted and he went back to a tree. 

    Then he did a bit of tree hopping, finishing in one of the sturdier trees and looking like that would be it for the night at 9pm

  • Just brilliant!

  • Great set of shots, Bob. So nice to see photos of Ospreys taken by Forum members. Did you determine the leg ring info and hence the origin of the bird?

  • TeeJay

    Great set of shots, Bob. So nice to see photos of Ospreys taken by Forum members. Did you determine the leg ring info and hence the origin of the bird?

    I'm quite happy that it is EE not 33. : Scottish male - Blue EE, ringed 2010 at Tain. Its great to see them so regularly - I pass the hide usually twice a day wherever I'm going so i usually get a chance to see if there are any there. Hopefully one year soon a pair will breed here - there are 2 roostong overnight tonight, so I might try an early session tomorrow and see whether they fish:)

  • You have ideal conditions I would think for sitting and waiting for some action photos Bob, what a fabulous bird.

  • Bob, Lovely photos--thanks!

    TJ--LOL (again!)

  • Brilliant shots Bob the the ones of it hanging in the air.