Broad-Bodied Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser
Wing Mosaic (Broad-bodied Chaser): Winner, Nikon In-Frame Competition August 2010

Spoonbill

Spoonbill
Spoonbill: Birdguides Photo of the Year 2012 Runner-up

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Osprey at Stocker's Lake

I found this Osprey at Stocker's Lake, Herts, on the 21st October when it flew from behind a line of trees near the causeway.  I could make out a large raptor through the foliage.  Expecting a Red Kite to appear, it was a big surprise to see an Osprey emerge, pursued by a number of corvids. 

I managed to get the camera up in time to get a few shots before it went out of site quickly. I then picked it up some distance away towards Springwell Lake.  I believe it then headed to Maple Lodge where it has been present for a few days.




 



A big crop of the bird in the distance shows it has a large circular chunk missing from its primaries, possibly the result of gunshot, although it doesn't seem to be impeding its flight.





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