The juvenile osprey was back again today, along with a first winter little gull. It spent the majority of it’s time on the perch in Ibsley Water but did head to the western shore to bathe.
Yesterday I managed to get a couple flight shots of it when were working on the western shore.
This terrible shot of it on the perch is the best I could get from Tern hide. Unfortunately the perch is a bit too far from the hide for good photos, with the kit I have anyway. We chose this area mainly because there is a shallow spot in the lake where it was easy to fix the perch to the lake bed and also we went for this distance because ospreys have fantastic long distance eyesight and are not likely to come particularly close to a hide especially if the hide is full of people.
What can’t be seen from the pictures is that the bird has a metal ring on it’s right leg, but at this distance there is no hope of reading the number. I think it does probably indicate that it is a British bird as the majority of the British population are ringed, however it is not impossible that it has come from Scandinavia or even further east. I wonder if it’ll be here tomorrow?