A dry and sometimes sunny day at Kielder Water saw over 140 visitors to Osprey Watch. Views of the incubating osprey were occasional as s/he was mainly low on the eggs, but at around 14.00 YA flew in to the nest and there were views of both ospreys for about 20 minutes. No hunting ospreys graced the reservoir around the viewpoint, but…
…. readers of the report on the first Osprey Watch of 2013 may recall that a visitor took some great photos of an osprey catching a large trout at the edge of the bay at Leaplish.
Many thanks to Richard for sharing some of his photos with us. No description needed, feast the eyes! Click on them to enlarge.
The osprey wasn’t the only fisherman; here’s a comment from Luke which some readers may not have seen:- I thought you might be interested to know that on Saturday the 26th May whilst we were fishing off the bank near Bakethin an Osprey swooped down and tried to take a trout we were reeling in out of the reservoir ! It grabbed it near the surface and flew off , letting go whilst flying away. It made a huge splash and the trout had puncture marks on it when we landed it. It was pretty amazing and I certainly have never seen anything like it – The Osprey looked big with massive wings. It circled for a bit afterwards but didn’t swoop back down for a second go.