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« Reply #11490 on: February 09, 2011, 08:50:48 AM »

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« Reply #11491 on: February 09, 2011, 09:29:22 AM »

Morning Tom,

Quite by chance, whilst dealing with another matter, I came across this Wiki page this morning. I think you'll enjoy it, almost certainly Rod Paradise, too. Fascinating stuff.

Reversible toes ftw.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey

I can't tell you how much pleasure I derive from stumbling across these little gems in the course of my job, which is how I came to spot it. Poker to Ospreys, some jump that.
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« Reply #11492 on: February 09, 2011, 09:43:58 AM »

Had no idea they were a migrating bird.  Migration.  Now that's something gets me reading for the day.  Damn.  I've a house to clean and you've just scuppered it.
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« Reply #11493 on: February 09, 2011, 09:58:42 AM »

Morning Tom,

Quite by chance, whilst dealing with another matter, I came across this Wiki page this moerning. I think you'll enjoy it, almost certainly Rod Paradise, too. Fascinating stuff.

Reversible toes ftw.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey

I can't tell you how much pleasure I derive from stumbling across these little gems in the course of my job, which is how I came to spot it. Poker to Ospreys, some jump that.

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« Reply #11494 on: February 09, 2011, 10:06:50 AM »

Had no idea they were a migrating bird.  Migration.  Now that's something gets me reading for the day.  Damn.  I've a house to clean and you've just scuppered it.

AND they seem to inhabit every Continent except Antartica. Who'd have thunk?

They even appear to have "artificial nests" in the United States of America. Only in America, but on this occasion, glory be.
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« Reply #11495 on: February 09, 2011, 10:17:00 AM »

They are the most amazing birds to see 'in action'.  Shame they are so rare now in the UK.
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« Reply #11496 on: February 09, 2011, 10:17:29 AM »

A synanym is a word you use in place of one you can't spell.
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« Reply #11497 on: February 09, 2011, 10:20:21 AM »

They are the most amazing birds to see 'in action'.  Shame they are so rare now in the UK.

Never seen one, & now, I so want to.

Anyone know where I might be able to see one?
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« Reply #11498 on: February 09, 2011, 10:20:44 AM »

Thanks for that Tikay, only ever seen ospreys once & I went out of my way to go to an RSPB site to see them at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve in Perthshire. http://www.swt.org.uk/visit/loch-of-the-lowes-visitor-centre/ Edit - see you are asking ewhere to see them - this is probably the best place & it is in some of the most beautiful countryside you'll ever see.

My Dad had a big argument with the head fella at the Biology institute in Bermuda after he saw an osprey fishing there, David Wingate wasn't for believing it, but eventually someone got a photo, they don't breed there, but are occaisional visitors from migrants blown offshore.

David Wingate was some fella, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_B._Wingate rediscovered 2 species believed extinct & worked endlessly for conservation. When I was a kid I was lucky enough to do a summer camp with the Bermuda Aquarium & zoo & he took us around Nonsuch Island which is quite strictly offlimits in general. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonsuch_Island

Thanks to the original, I've had a good long internet ramble through bermuda nature, my old home area (where they're building a new hotel at last) etc etc
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« Reply #11499 on: February 09, 2011, 10:22:54 AM »

They are the most amazing birds to see 'in action'.  Shame they are so rare now in the UK.

Never seen one, & now, I so want to.

Anyone know where I might be able to see one?

Nearest place for you Tikay would be Rutland Water.  Need to go at the right time of year though, not sure when that is.  I guess when it's a bit warmer?
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« Reply #11500 on: February 09, 2011, 10:25:52 AM »

Thanks for that Tikay, only ever seen ospreys once & I went out of my way to go to an RSPB site to see them at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve in Perthshire.My Dad had a big argument with the head fella at the Biology institute in Bermuda after he saw an osprey fishing there, David Wingate wasn't for believing it, but eventually someone got a photo, they don't breed there, but are occaisional visitors from migrants blown offshore.

David Wingate was some fella, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_B._Wingate rediscovered 2 species believed extinct & worked endlessly for conservation. When I was a kid I was lucky enough to do a summer camp with the Bermuda Aquarium & zoo & he took us around Nonsuch Island which is quite strictly offlimits in general. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonsuch_Island

In just google Map'd that, looks a nice spot, are there any other locations in Scotland where they might be seen?

Preferred time of year? Spring?
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« Reply #11501 on: February 09, 2011, 10:27:08 AM »

They are the most amazing birds to see 'in action'.  Shame they are so rare now in the UK.

Never seen one, & now, I so want to.

Anyone know where I might be able to see one?

Nearest place for you Tikay would be Rutland Water.  Need to go at the right time of year though, not sure when that is.  I guess when it's a bit warmer?

That is quite close to home for me, even nearer for Tom, a very nice spot, too.

I'm quite surprised to hear they would be there, but I'm not sure why. Preconceptions I suppose.
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« Reply #11502 on: February 09, 2011, 10:29:24 AM »

They are the most amazing birds to see 'in action'.  Shame they are so rare now in the UK.

Never seen one, & now, I so want to.

Anyone know where I might be able to see one?

Nearest place for you Tikay would be Rutland Water.  Need to go at the right time of year though, not sure when that is.  I guess when it's a bit warmer?

That is quite close to home for me, even nearer for Tom, a very nice spot, too.

I'm quite surprised to hear they would be there, but I'm not sure why. Preconceptions I suppose.

A pair were introduced there to breed.  Otherwise I think they're mostly found in Scotland and maybe Cumbria.  Rutland Water is a great place, going to be using it for some of my marathon training runs  - certainly beats running alongside busy roads.
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« Reply #11503 on: February 09, 2011, 10:30:03 AM »

http://www.ospreys.org.uk/
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« Reply #11504 on: February 09, 2011, 10:36:50 AM »

Thanks for that Tikay, only ever seen ospreys once & I went out of my way to go to an RSPB site to see them at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve in Perthshire.My Dad had a big argument with the head fella at the Biology institute in Bermuda after he saw an osprey fishing there, David Wingate wasn't for believing it, but eventually someone got a photo, they don't breed there, but are occaisional visitors from migrants blown offshore.

David Wingate was some fella, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_B._Wingate rediscovered 2 species believed extinct & worked endlessly for conservation. When I was a kid I was lucky enough to do a summer camp with the Bermuda Aquarium & zoo & he took us around Nonsuch Island which is quite strictly offlimits in general. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonsuch_Island

In just google Map'd that, looks a nice spot, are there any other locations in Scotland where they might be seen?

Preferred time of year? Spring?

Just put a link in - early April till late August they reckon - obviously it's a coming up to a worrying time for them waiting to see if the birds have made it back from Africa - with the shooting in greece/Malta being a particular worry.

That's the best place I know of - great views of the birds. There are Ospreys in the south of Scotland (Caerlaverock in Dumfries & Galloway) - there's also Red Kites which are still rare up here - which is funny because you can see them regularly outside Reading near the Madjeski.l
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