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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Local patch pays dividends. Fly Flatts Osprey


                The WOW factor hits Fly Flatts.  Osprey >SSW

                          Not the best shots  with no time for settings.


            Disappearing into dark sky towards Cold Edge Dams
                    Pursued by Lapwing.


1545 hrs at Fly Flatts with dark skies and a brisk WSW>5 bringing rain showers.
                                                              With wind surfers present I could see any waders were on the east bank to the north of the water so dismissed checking the SE corner which turned out to be a lucky move. As I started to walk on the south shoreline I got 3 Oystercatchers up calling followed by 2 Curlew then several Lapwings , very high and very agitated . Several LBB gulls joined in telling me something was going on. With the camera on manual mode and still yesterdays settings in I scanned through it skyward to immediately pick out an OSPREY !
                                                                 It was moving high and fast just to the east of me so no time to reset the camera, it was just fire away and hope for the best. I could see in the view finder that I would have some sort of bloggable pictures so, rather than loose the bird, I carried on until it disappeared over the moor heading directly for Cold Edge Dams.
                                                               With the message sent out on the grapevine I got a call back from DJS who was near Cold Edge Dams but no sign of the bird.
                                                                It just shows how easy these sightings can be missed when I checked the log of events, 1550 hrs mobbing birds up in air, 1552 hrs Osprey located, 1553 hrs photos taken, 1554 hrs grapevine messaged relayed out. All over in 4 minutes but a memory for life.
                                                                       Nice to talk to 3 windsurfers who saw the commotion but missed the Osprey, at least they can see it on my blog .
Never did get to check the waders but who cares!
BS

11 comments:

Howard Creber said...

Well done Fog. You hit it just right.

David Sutcliffe said...

They don't come better than that Bri.... well done.
We are 'gutted' to have missed it, of course !

Brian Sumner . said...

Trying to keep up to you at Barden Comp.

Brian Sumner . said...

Strange where it went. It was reasonably high and the direction I last saw it over Slade it would have gone directly over Cold Edge although Lapwings were giving it some stick.

Howard Creber said...

Fog, tell David to take some Warburton`s next time splattered with fish paste (just like you did !!).No more free tips !!

Brian Sumner . said...

I was,nt going to tell anyone that method Comp but it works. I,m still trying to perfect the dead sheep on the garage roof for Red Kite but struggling.

Howard Creber said...

Never thought of that one Fog !. I`ll have a dabble tomoz.

Dave Brotherton Photography said...
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Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Well spotted Brian, what a great find you did well getting some decent shots of it too.

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Brian sumner said...

Luck of the draw Dave