Ospreys are a modern-day success story, but are still at very low numbers in terms of breeding pairs in the UK, with recent estimates of 200-250 pairs, the vast majority of which are in Scotland. In autumn, the UK breeding population and its offspring are on the move, heading south, and are supplemented by continental birds passing through on their way to Africa. So, this is a great time to encounter an Osprey away from its usual ‘home’. Inland waters as well as coastal areas can be visited, especially if they have a good supply of fish. So, keep an eye out for these long-winged black-andwhite beauties.