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First reported on 12th September 2015, the bird was still present on 3rd October making it one of the longest staying Ospreys in the county. The bird was regularly seen fishing in the reservoir, mainly at the SE end. The bird would often perch and eat it’s prey in the trees around the lake. On occasion it would fly off and visit the nearby Tring Reservoirs.
The bird was certainly well watched, maybe being helped by the fact that it made the local newspapers. Probably well in excess of 100 birders and non birders observed the bird, making it the Bucks biggest twitch of 2015.
The photos that follow are a collection from the Buckinghamshire Bird Club photos website and include contributions from Andrew Moon, Martin Ansley, Ian Williams and finder Ann B.
To view some historical photos of Ospreys in the county, click here.
The club annual trip to Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire was cancelled last year as the observatory had been destroyed by hide tides in December 2013, along with our usual accommodation. This year we visited 25th-27th September and stayed in the Crown Hotel which is just a few minutes drive from the reserve and it turned out to be an excellent alternative.
Photos provided by Martin Ansley and Jim Rose. Click on the photos to enlarge.
This juvenile Red-footed Falcon was a real surprise. It was found the day before we arrived and stayed until after we left, giving exceptional views.
This Yellow-browed Warbler was more predicable but still a welcome sight and only turned up just before we were about to leave. It was tricky to see as it flitted about in a tree with dense foliage.
Knot displaced by the very high tide, the day after most of us returned home.
We saw a similar but less dramatic spectacle on the Saturday evening.
Avocets preformed well in front of the hides on the freshwater marshes.
Several Greenshanks were present
Spotted Redshanks also performed well from the Tenneyson Sands hide.
Just a few of the large numbers of Sanderlings that were seen along the shore.
A few Pink-footed Geese were seen on the reserve by most were seen flying overhead. Several hundred, in small flocks, passed over in the direction of Norfolk.
Other notable species seen over the weekend included Red-throated Diver, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Arctic Skua, Water Rail, Peregrine, Merlin and Marsh Harrier.
We invite you to a specially organised overseas trip to
Part of the Wadden Islands off the north coast of Holland, this location is a great place for prime birding in the Spring with many migrant birds, waders and breeding birds that are difficult to see in the UK and offers low cost accommodation with glorious scenery. The whole island is virtually a nature reserve.
Dates: 14th – 18th April 2016 (3 nights at Hotel)
The itinerary would be: Catch overnight ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland on night of 14th, travel by car to the north where we would board a 40 min ferry to Texel. We then travel only another 30 mins north to the main birding centre located at de Cocksdorp. Here there is an excellent hotel, overlooking an estuary and where we are within walking distance to the sea. The surrounding area holds many prime spots for seeing migrants and localised birds. This is where the Dutch Birding Assoc. have their own Birding Festivals and just down from our Hotel is a Birdwatching Information Centre, hotline and shop.
Spoonbills breed on the Wadden Islands in good numbers
The lighthouse on Texel