Not quite an Osprey

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Not quite an Osprey

Post by Hen-Gen » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:37 pm

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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by LadyA » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:00 pm

Oh WOW!!! What a beauty!!
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by Marigold » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:24 pm

Wonderful! Did you take the photo? Where do you think it came from?
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by Hen-Gen » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:12 pm

Marigold wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:24 pm
Wonderful! Did you take the photo? Where do you think it came from?
No I didn’t. A fellow islander did. We imagine it came from Norway. It stayed for four days during which it caught and ate a rabbit. Then left.
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by Marigold » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:03 am

Have they ever been known to nest on the islands?
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by MrsBiscuit » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:49 pm

I will show my ignorance - what is it? Very lovely in any case.

On the news there was a story about a cat bird, blown to Cornwall from the US. It sounds like a cat (if you have a bit of imagination)!
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by bigyetiman » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:28 pm

Fantastic photo. When OH saw Snowy Owl reported from your neck of the woods on Birdguides Hen -Gen she wondered if you would get to see it.
We saw one a good few years ago at Felixstowe docks, where it had a wonderful time catching rodents. That particular one was one of 4 that got caught in a storm whilst migrating southwards in Canada and they sheltered on a ship which was heading to UK via Belgium, 3 jumped ship in Belgium and one stayed on board.
They are truly special birds especially when adult like that one
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by Hen-Gen » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:19 pm

Marigold wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:03 am
Have they ever been known to nest on the islands?
Indeed they have Marigold and only here in the whole of the UK. They bred here in the late 60s until the early 70s. Unfortunately the dominant male drove all his sons away and when he died of old age he left three or four females laying clutches of infertile eggs.
And that was the end of the UKs only breeding snowy owls.
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by bigjim » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:04 pm

That's impressive.
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Re: Not quite an Osprey

Post by Tweetypie » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:14 pm

Not quite an osprey, but wow, that is one fabulous bird. Great pic.
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