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Cornwall & Devon Peregrine Falcon Study Group since 2007

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Passage Osprey and Red Kite on Local Patch

SWP Field worker Bob Bosisto managed to record two additions along with active Peregrine Eyries on his local patch in North Cornwall. Bob had spent the day on the coastline checking out traditional eyrie haunts and whilst recording data  for the BTO still found time to point the Camera skyward and capture two record shots of Osprey and Red kite. Red Kite are occasionally seen whilst out and about as numbers steadily increase, but the Osprey is great to see making it’s way northwards no doubt heading back to a breeding territory.

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We always laugh at what people are missing out on as they take in the stunning Cornish Views, always take time out of what you are doing and look skywards, you never know what you might spot.

Passage Osprey

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Passage Osprey encounters Juvenile Peregrine

Local Devon based photographer and ‘Bird of Prey’ enthusiast Rich Edmondson, has kindly shared his experience from a recent outing, Rich captured all the action as it unfolded in front of him, giving an insight into how inquisitive or brazen our recently fledged Peregrine’s will be especially if a quick meal could be on the cards.

Rich said “I was at Lopwell Dam in Devon hoping to catch sight and photograph a reported Osprey.I had only been there about an hour when it appeared carrying a fish and being mobbed by a Juvenile Peregrine. It all happened very fast and I managed 7 photo’s.

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The Osprey did not seem that bothered by the attack and just twisted a few times to avoid it. Then carried on its way. It was great to witness and I am very pleased to have been able to capture and share my experience”

I am sure you’ll all agree that it is a wonderful set of Images and it really must have been quite an experience to witness this unfold before your very eyes. Passage Ospreys are occasionally seen in the Tamar, and Tavy river systems as well as around Plymouth Sound, they provide good feeding grounds as Birds migrate to and from their Winter feeding grounds in Africa.

You can see more of Rich’s work here, who leaves us with one more incredible image of this Osprey before it embarks on it’s long flight to Africa.

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