OSPREY

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month Autumn -

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.

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