A Brittany break

After a fast start to his migration at the end of last week Blue JV3 spent much of yesterday at the Gulf of Morbihan on the Brittany coast and was still there at 12:57 local time today.

The previous batch of data had shown that Blue JV3 was just north of Leamington Spa at 08:45 on Saturday morning having left his overnight roost near Leeds soon after first light. Over the course of the next four hours he made fast progress south and at 12:52 was approaching Southampton at an altitude of 698 metres. An hour later he was high (854 m) over western Isle of Wight and he then made a two-an-a-half hour crossing of the English Channel, making landfall to the east of Cherbourg. Once in French airspace he changed his heading to south-west and flew direct across the sea to St-Malo. He eventually settled to roost for the night beside the Rance Estuary, just north of the village of Saint-Suliac at 22:01 local time having flown an impressive 584 km from South Yorkshire.

JV3 roosted beside the Rance Estuary in Brittany on Saturday night

On Sunday morning BLue JV3 had already left his overnight roost at 08:00 and was flying purposefully south-west. Four hours later at midday he was perched on the edge of a forested area to the east of the Gulf of Morbihan having flown 122 km. Interestingly he went no further and instead made only local movements during the course of the afternoon. At 17:18 he was perched in the estuary and was still there an hour later: suggesting he was eating a fish. He then headed off to roost in a wooded area 18 km north-west near the village of Leran.

This morning Blue JV3 flew back to the Gulf of Morbihan and appeared to be fishing at both 10:56 and 11:57, the latter being the last GPS fix in this latest batch of data. This vast natural habour would be an excellent place for a stop-over and it is possible that JV3 will linger here for a few days. His change of track through Brittany certainly indicates that he made a conscious decision to head there. Many ospreys have a favourite stop-over site that they visit on each migration; it seems very likely that this is a place Blue JV3 has visited before.

You can check out Blue JV3’s migration on our interactive map.

Blue JV3 has remained around Gulf of Morbihan since arriving there at lunchtime on Sunday

JV3’s migration 15-18 Sept

Blue DF is in Africa

After a relatively slow start to his migration Blue DF really increased his pace over the weekend, flying the length of Spain in just over two days and crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa yesterday evening. The latest data shows that at 11:13 local time this morning he was at Barrage Oued El Makhazine in northern Morocco.

In our previous update on Friday evening Blue DF was flying south through northern Spain and we now know that he continued flying until around 20:30 loal time, when he was perched beside the Rio Duero having flown 315 km from north of Biarritz.

Blue DF spent Friday evening perched beside the Rio Duero, 130 km north-east of Madrid

On Saturday morning he left his roost site at 08:15 local time but then spent an hour-and-a-half perched another 8km further south. By 10:50 he had resumed his migration and was soon flying through mountains to the north of Madrid, climbing to over 2000 m in the process. He then skirted around the west side of the Spanish capital before continuing on a south-westerly course through eastern Extremadura towards the Sierra Morena mountains.  At 16:42 he was at an altitude of 2879 metres and would have had a good view south towards Embalse de Cijara. He was flying low over the reservoir half an hour later and then perched at the water’s edge for the next hour-an-a-half, presumably eating a fish. At 18:44 he was migrating again and he continued flying until after 20:00, covering another 71 km in the process. By the time he settled to roost in the Extremadura plains he had flown 364 km during the course of the day.

Blue DF skirted around the western side of Madrid on Saturday

The satellite data suggests Blue DF caught a fish at the EMbalse de Cijan in Extremadura on Saturday afternoon

On Sunday morning Blue DF made a fairly slow start to migration, finally leaving his overnight roost at 10:30. At 13:10 he had reached the northern edge of the Sierra Morena and he continued south across the mountains before pausing beside the Rio Guadalquivir for almost two hours during mid-afternoon; perhaps to eat a fish. By 17:11 he was heading south again and at 17:59 was passing to the east of Seville at an altitude of 850 m. Conditions must have been very good for migration because he showed no sign of letting up, continuing south through Andalucia. By 22:06 he was over Algeciras and, even though it was now an hour-and-a-half after sunset, he headed due south across the Strait of Gibraltar, making landfall near Eddalya at 22:55 Spanish time after a 17 km crossing.

At 22:06 on Sunday evening Blue DF set out across the Strait of Gibraltar in darkness towards Morocco

Despite reaching Moroccan airspace in the dark Blue DF continued flying for another 55 km before eventually settling to roost on a forested hillside after a day’s flight of 389 km.

This morning Blue DF had already left his overnight roosting site at 06:48 local time, but he then stopped again 11 km to the south. He resumed migration just before 10:00 and by 11:13 he was heading south over Barrage Oued El Makhazine reservoir having covered 64 km.

Blue DF’s flight 15-18 Sept

Don’t forget that you can check out Blue DF’s migration on our interactive map.

Blue DF reaches Spain

After a slow but steady flight through France, Blue DF has quickened his pace considerably in the last 48 hours and at 18:40 this evening he was flying south through the Castile and León region of north-east Spain.

In Wednesday’s update we reported that Blue DF was approaching the Atlantic coast of France, but the weather was clearly poor for migration because by 17:15 when he stopped at a series of small lakes near the village of Chevallon he had only flown 133 km during the course of the day, with several stops en route, perhaps during heavy rain showers. At 18:28 he was fishing in the lake, and then spent the rest of the evening perched in lakeside trees, presumably eating his catch. He eventually flew off to roost in a wooded area 1.5 km south.

Blue DF spent all of Wednesday afternoon beside a series of lake near the village of Chevallon in western France before roosting nearby.

Next morning he was back at the lakes at first light, and didn’t resume his migration until just before 11:00 local time. At 13:45 he flew low over the Girone estuary at an altitude of 72 m, before passing to the west of Bordeaux and then east of Arcachron Bay at a higher altitude of 450 m. At 18:10 he arrived at Etang de Soustons, a lake 35 km  north of Biarritz, and spent half and hour fishing in the lake. He then flew to a wooded area to the west and remained there for the rest of the evening having covered 239 km during his day’s flight.

Blue DF roosted in a wooded area to the west of Etang de Soustons in south-west France on Thursday night.

Blue DF was back at the lake at 09:44 and then spent an hour perched 3 km to the south, perhaps eating a fish. By 11:21 he was migrating again and over the course of the next few hours made good progress south, passing 13 km to the east of Biarritz at 13:23 and then crossing into Spanish airspace at an altitude of over 1105 m at 15:23. An hour later he passed over Pamplona and by 18:40, the last GPS fix in this batch, he had flown 237 km and was still heading powerfully south-west towards central Spain.

Blue DF was flying south through northern Spain this evening.

Don’t forget that you can also check out Blue DF’s migration on our interactive map.

Blue JV3 races south

On Wednesday evening this week Roy Dennis and Frank Law caught and satellite tagged another adult male osprey at Rothiemurchus Fishery in Aviemore. Unlike Blue DF who was colour-ringed as a chick, this new male was unringed and, as a result, we can not be sure if he is a breeding male at one of the local nests, or a youngster yet to establish a territory. Nevertheless this is really excellent news because it means we will be able to follow a second male on its autumn migration, and, assuming the bird survives the winter, collect a great deal of valuable information on its movements once it returns to Strathspey next spring.

Roy preparing to release Blue JV3 after tagging him

The new male, which Roy colour ringed as blue/white JV3, had put on a great deal of fat in preparation for migration and, like Blue DF, set off on migration the morning after being tagged. It had an excellent first day of migration, taking advantage of a north-westerly tailwind and flying 420 km before spending the night beside the River Calder between Leeds and Wakefield. We do not know the exact time that Blue JV3 left Starthspey but at 12:28 (BST – times shown on the map are GMT) he was 11 km north of Pitlochry and two hours later he passed over Edinburgh at an altitude of 1240 m. He crossed into English airspace at around 16:00 and then maintained a south-easterly course along the eastern Pennines before skirting around the east side of Leeds and then settling to roost for the night in trees beside the River Calder.

JV3 spent the night of 14th September beside the Rover Calder near Leeds

This morning Blue JV3 resumed his migration at dawn and headed powerfully south passing over Barnsley and then Sheffield before skirting around the west side of Derby at an altitude of 536 metres. By 08:45 he was approaching Leamington Spa had already flown 158 km from his overnight roost. It will be fascinating to see how far south he is when the next batch of data arrives.

You can check out Blue JV3’s migration on our interactive map.

By 08:45 this morning Blue JV3 had already covered 578 km, having left Strathspey just 24 hours earlier.

Our thanks to Julian Orsi and Rothiemurchus Estate for allowing us to catch and tag Blue JV3.

Slow progress through France

Over the last two days Blue DF has made fairly slow progress through France and at 11:14 this morning was approaching the Atlantic coast, 80 km east-north-east of La Rochelle. You can check out his latest location on our interactive map.

The last GPS fix in the previous update, at 10:37 on Monday morning, showed that Blue DF was heading south through Lower Normandy. That afternoon he continued flying until 14:17 when he was perched beside Étang du Lory, a small lake in a forested area north of Tours. He remained there all afternoon – and presumably caught a fish – after a day’s flight of 120 km.

Blue DF spent much of Monday afternoon beside Étang du Lory and then next morning was perched beside nearby Étang du Petit Puis.

After roosting away from the lake, Blue DF was back at nearby Étang du Petit Puis at first light next morning, indicating that he may have caught a fish before resuming his migration. He set-off again soon after 08:00, passing to the west of Tours and then stopping again for three hours beside the River Vienne near the village of Rivière; so if he didn’t catch a fish earlier in the morning, he definitely did then. The weather was clearly poor for migration because having resumed his journey soon at 14:00 Blue DF only covered another 25 km south before stopping again at another small lake. He remained there for an hour before flying 2km south-west to a forested area to the west of the village of Bethergon where he remained to roost after a day’s flight of just 87 km.

Blue DF stopped beside the River Vienne for three hours on Tuesday – suggesting he probably caught a fish there.

This morning Blue DF was obviously eager to press on because he left his overnight roost soon after first light, on a a south-westerly heading. A strong strong south-westerly wind would have made for fairly tough going, but at 11:14, the last GPS fix in this batch of data, he had covered 70 km, heading towards the coast north of Bordeaux.

Blue DF was approaching the Atlantic coast of France this morning

Finally, thank you very much to Val Gall for sending this superb photo that she took of Blue DF earlier this summer. Our thanks to Julian Orsi and Rothiemurchus Estate for allowing us to catch and tag Blue DF at Rothiemurchus last week.

Blue DF at Rothiemurchus Fishery earlier this summer (photo by Val Gall)

Blue DF heads south

Over the past twenty years Roy Dennis has pioneered the use of satellite transmitters to follow UK ospreys on migration and to learn more about their movements on both the breeding and wintering grounds. Much of this data is in included in my recently completed PhD thesis. This autumn we are tracking a new adult male osprey on migration, Blue DF. This osprey is well known to wildlife photographers because it regularly fishes at both Rothiemurchus Fishery and also Aviemore Lochan – a quick Google search will reveal an array of stunning photos of the bird. He was originally ringed as a chick at nest A18 by Roy Dennis in 2010 and this spring took over from another well-known osprey, Red 8T, at nest A10 in Strathspey. He successfully reared two chicks with an unringed female and by Wednesday evening last week, when we caught him under licence at Rothiemurchus Fishery, his family were already heading south. Blue DF was also ready for migration: he weighed over 2kg having put on around 500g of fat in preparation for his long journey south.

Blue DF is regularly seen fishing at both Rothiemurchus Fishery and Aviemore Lochan (photo by Mike Crutch)

Sure enough when we received the first data from his transmitter at 11:30am on Friday morning he was already in the Scottish borders, 10 km south-east of Kelso. Over the course of the next five hours he made steady progress south-east and at 16:40 he was just east of York at an altitude of 668 metres. An hour later he passed to the west of the Humber estuary and he finally settled to roost for the night in the corner of a deciduous woodland 15 km north-west of Lincoln.

At 09:54 next morning Blue DF had flown over the western part of Lincoln and was migrating south-east, in a strong westerly wind. Three hours later, despite heavy squally showers, he had flown 96 kilomteres from his overnight roost and was heading over Peterborough at an altitude of 682 metres. He maintained a constant south-easterly course through Cambridgeshire and then Essex, crossing the Isle of Sheppey soon after 16:00. He eventually settled to roost for the night in a wood midway between Tunbridge Wells and Folkestone in southern Kent after a day’s flight of 282 km.

Sunday morning dawned sunny and clear on the south coast and DF was obviously keen to press on because at 06:12 he was already 20 km south of Hastings, crossing the English Channel at an altitude of 124 metres. The 117 km crossing took three-and-a-half hours with Blue DF making landfall to the west of Dieppe soon after 09:00. He then continued on a southerly heading through Upper Normandy, at a relatively low altitude (maximum 392 metres) before settling to roost in a forested area near the village of La Saucelle, some 100 km west of Paris after a day’s flight of 277 km.

Blue DF made a 3.5 hour, 117 km crossing of the English Channel between Hastings and Dieppe on Sunday morning. Times and altitude above sea level shown on map

The satellite data suggested that DF hadn’t fed since leaving Scotland but at 09:01 this morning he was fishing in small lake 31 km south-west of his overnight roost. He was obviously successful because the next two GPS fixes (separated by 30 minutes) show he was perched nearby, presumably tucking into breakfast. He didn’t linger for long however because at 10:39, the last GPS fix of this batch, he was 12 km to the south-west migrating onwards at an altitude of 311 metres.  We’ll update you on his progress later in the week. You can also check out Blue DF’s migration on our interactive map. It will be fascinating to see where this experienced adult osprey spends the winter.

Blue DF stopped to fish at a series of small lakes near the town of Nogent-le-Rotrou on Monday morning

Blue DF’s migration from Strathspey to Lower Normandy, 7-11 September

Autumn migration and a new interactive map

The start of September means that we are in autumn migration season, and many of the UK’s ospreys have already started their long journey south. In recent years satellite transmitters have provided an incredible insight into the flights of individual birds, but colour ringing also has the potential to provide a wealth of information on migration. The Foundation coordinates the colour ringing of ospreys in the UK, and the recent surge in popularity of digital photography means that we now get many more records during migration. In the past few days alone we have received reports of UK birds from the Channel Islands, Belgium and Spain. These sightings include the breeding female from Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria, who was seen at Embalse de Aguilar in northern Spain; a two year-old male from Rutland Water who was identified in Belgium having likely spent the summer in the Netherlands; and a juvenile from Galloway Forest heading south over Jersey. We have added details of these sightings, including photos, to a new interactive Google map that we will update regularly during autumn migration. So if you are lucky enough to see or photograph a colour-ringed osprey in the coming months, please send us the details using our simple online form.

Click here to view the colour ring sightings map.

Many thanks to Alan Modral for these fantastic photos of a juvenile osprey that passed through Jersey on 26th August.

PL9 was ringed as a chick at a nest in Galloway Forest this summer and was photographed by Alan Modral in Jersey.

PL9 attracted some unwanted attention from one of the local Peregrines.

Thanks also to Alberto Benito took these stunning photos of blue/white 35, the breeding female from Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria, at Embalse de Aguilar in northern Spain. This large reservoir may well be a regular stop-over location for 35. Many thanks to Alberto for the photos.

LS7 sets off

It is now almost a month since the first release of the Poole Harbour ospreys, and the first of the youngsters has set-off on migration. LS7 was the first juvenile to fly after the pens were opened at dawn on 31st July, and, aptly, we can now say it was also the first bird to migrate. Friday dawned sunny and clear with just a very light north-easterly breeze: perfect migration conditions. LS7 was present at the release site at 7 am but by mid-morning, it and the seven other juveniles were widely scattered around the harbour. This exploratory behaviour is typical of young ospreys and is critical to the imprinting process, helping them to learn that Poole Harbour is home. After spending much of the day away, the youngsters usually begin returning to the release site around mid-afternoon; drawn in by fresh fish which is placed on artificial nests at around 4 pm.  Over the course of two-and-a-half hours on Friday evening all of the youngsters returned to the release site; each collecting a piece of fish and then eating it on the T perches on the nearby saltmarsh. All except LS7, that is. Over the years at Rutland Water we learnt that in late August and early September a sure sign that a juvenile had migrated was when it didn’t come into feed in the evening, and so we suspected that LS7 had set-off earlier in the day. Confirmation came 24 hours later when the youngster failed to appear for a second evening in succession. Now, four days later, it is remarkable to think that LS7 may already have reached southern France or northern Spain.

LS7’s migration 25 days after making its first flight is fairly early, but well within the normal range for juvenile ospreys. For example of ten juvenile ospreys satellite-tagged by the Foundation in northern Scotland,  the average length of the post-fledging period (i.e. fledging to migration) was 34 days, but ranged from a minimum of 18 days to a maximum of 56. It is likely, therefore, that the remaining seven birds will set-off on migration over the next two-three weeks. The team at Poole will continue to provide fish for the juveniles until they leave; thereby replicating the situation at natural nests where the breeding male continues to provide fish for his offspring until they migrate. Most young ospreys do not catch a fish for themselves until they have set-off on migration, but it has been encouraging to watch the Poole juveniles making frequent practice dives into the water around the harbour. Although usually lacking the grace and power of adult birds, these dives are a critical part of the post-fledging (or in this case, post-release) period. On Friday last week during one of three successful osprey cruises around the harbour we were treated to wonderful views of a juvenile making repeated dives above the Wareham Channel. It always pulled out just before hitting the water, but you really got a sense that it was learning what to do: instinct is a powerful thing for young ospreys. Like their first migration, juvenile ospreys do not learn to fish by watching their parents, but inevitably it takes some time before they become proficient hunters.

LS1 exploring the harbour (photo by Simon Kidner)

The artificial nest at Middlebere is a great place to see the juveniles. This can be viewed from Arne RSPB or the National Trust Middlebere hide (photo by Simon Kidner)

The three osprey cruises were certainly a resounding success last week, with ospreys seen on each trip, including an adult bird which caught a fish in the Wareham Channel during the first cruise on Wednesday. It is likely that this was CJ7, the two year-old adult female from Rutland Water who has now been present at Poole for at least three weeks. Ironically however the star of the show turned out not to be an osprey at all: on Friday we were treated to incredible views of a juvenile red-necked phalarope just a few metres from the boat. A small number of these diminutive waders breed in the Shetland Isles and Outer Hebrides each year and research using data loggers recently revealed that a bird from Fetlar unexpectedly wintered in the tropical Pacific Ocean. After crossing the Atlantic it flew south along the East coast of America, crossed the Gulf of Mexico into the Pacific Ocean and reached an area between the Galapagos Islands and the South American coast by mid-October; a return journey of 22000km. So if this juvenile attempts a similar migration it certainly has a long journey ahead of it.

A juvenile red-necked phalarope was an unexpected highlight of Friday’s boat trip (photo by Katie Horrocks)

We were treated to some fantastic weather on the three boat trips

The phalarope was only the third Poole Harbour record, but a more familiar sight at this time of year are marsh harriers. Young harriers are now dispersing away from their nests and on Friday evening a wing-tagged juvenile visited the osprey release site. The green tags indicated that this was a bird from North Norfolk, but it didn’t have a chance to linger long. All five juvenile ospreys present at the time joined forces to chase the intruder away. Like this young marsh harrier they will soon be fending for themselves. It will be interesting to see which of the birds is next to leave.

Sea eagles on Sunday!

My friend Mike Crutch of A9 Birds invited me to join him and two Inverness birders, Sam and Debbie, on a day trip to Skye to photograph sea eagles. Although I have been involved in the reintroduction and conservation of white-tailed eagles since 1968 in Fair Isle, I’d never been on one of the amazing boat trips to feed them. I had seen loads of incredible photographs back to the earliest days of the 1990s off Portree.

Weather forecasts were poor in August until Steve Hooper of Wild Skye Bird Trips phoned Mike to say there’s a brief calm period on Sunday. As we drove through the Ross-shire mountains it was looking good and our arrival at Carbost pier revealed a calm sea. Soon the MV Wild Skye was heading through Loch Harport, with a distant view of a sea eagle, before passing the lighthouse and aiming for a section of the great western cliffs of the Isle of Skye. A perfect morning – we could see the hills of the Uists away over The Minch and two porpoises broke the glassy surface.

We headed to the main cliffs where very quickly we found the pair of sea eagles and their exceptional brood of three flying young. This pair of eagles, like many others around the coasts, learnt early on that fishing boats are good for scraps of fish. This was taken up by tourist boats giving people incredible views of these great birds and excellent opportunities for photography.

The boat engine was cut and we could hear the young eagles calling. The adults were looking down from the cliffs as they knew full well what happens next – Steve throws a dead fish well away from boat. “Here he comes” as the male plunged from the cliffs and in a sweep of huge wings grabbed the food from the water to the noise of camera shutters. What a fantastic sight – something I never foresaw when I released those first four young Norwegian sea eagles on Fair Isle in 1968. Close up sea eagle viewing has become one of the most exciting wildlife experiences in modern day Scotland.

In a sweep of huge wings the adult sea eagle grabbed the fish from the water (photo by Roy Dennis)

Listening to Steve’s enthusiasm for the sea eagles I thought of another era at this very same cliff. There were no sea eagles when I first visited Skye in the early 1960s but I knew of their sad history as I’d often read Harvie Brown’s county faunas written at the end of the 19th century. He detailed the sad history of persecution and extinction, as well as individual visits, such as the Victorian collector on 20th April 1868 to this very cliff, who took two eggs and shot an adult. As one of the adults circled out to sea to take a fish from the water with a backdrop of the dramatic sea stacks called Macleod’s Maidens, I thought how times have changed. There are now over a hundred pairs of white-tailed sea eagles in Scotland; they are admired and enjoyed by thousands of people, locals and visitors, and contribute remarkably to jobs and incomes in fragile rural communities.

 

 

 

An unexpected visitor

It is now two weeks since we released the first of the Poole ospreys and its been encouraging to see them becoming increasingly competent on the wing. All are now making longer exploratory flights; an essential part of the imprinting process when the birds start to learn that Poole is home.  Most young ospreys do not catch a fish before they set out on their first migration, but Poole Harbour provides the perfect conditions for the young ospreys to practice fishing and several of the birds have already been seen diving into the water.

Last Monday we released the final two birds, LS2 and LS4. Like their older compatriots they did not venture far from the release pens for the first few days after release, but they too are quickly growing in confidence and starting to explore further afield. The frequency and range of exploratory flights will increase over the coming days but all of the birds will return to the release site to feed, particularly in the early morning and evening. The team at Poole will continue to provide fresh fish twice daily on artificial nests; thereby replicating the situation at natural nests, where the male continues to feed his offspring until they depart on migration. This is an essential part of the post-release phase; helping to ensure that the young birds are in the best possible condition for when they set-off on their first migration. In some ways this puts the translocated ospreys at an advantage compared to birds at natural nests, because we can ensure that they receive as much fish as possible before they set-off on migration.

Fresh fish is placed on artificial nests twice daily (photo by Simon Kidner)

On Tuesday afternoon last week the juveniles were joined by an unexpected visitor. During a particularly long soaring flight over the harbour LS1 attracted the attention of an adult female osprey. She followed LS1 back to the release site and then landed on one of the T perches in the saltmarsh adjacent to the release pens. We immediately saw that she had a blue colour ring on her right leg and were able to read the inscription: CJ7. A quick phone call to Kayleigh Brookes confirmed our suspicions that this was a two year-old female ringed as a chick at a nest close to Rutland Water in 2015.

CJ7 appeared over the release site on Tuesday afternoon (photo by Simon Kidner)

After circling the marsh CJ7 attempted to land with two juveniles on one of the T perches (photo by Simon Kidner)

CJ7 (right) eventually landed next to one of the juvs, allowing us to read the inscription in her blue ring (photo by Simon Kidner)

CJ7 (left) spent the rest of the day with the juveniles, some of whom began food begging to her

This was the first time that CJ7 had been seen back in the UK since her first migration in September 2015 and so it was exciting to see her. Although clearly nervous at first, she spent the rest of the afternoon and evening with the juveniles. With food begging calls filling the air (normal behaviour for juvenile birds of this age, even when they are not hungry!) we wondered if the young female may even be persuaded to catch a fish for the translocated birds, as adult birds did at both Rutland Water and Urdaibai in the past. Although she didn’t do that, she did roost with them before heading off to another part of the harbour next morning.

On Saturday morning CJ7 returned again and, like her previous visit, perched with the juveniles on the saltmarsh. The presence of other ospreys in the harbour, and particularly food-begging juveniles, may well persuade CJ7 to stay in the area for longer than she might otherwise have done. We know from colour ringing and satellite tracking studies that two year-old ospreys wander widely when they first return to the UK, helping them to map the location of other nesting ospreys. We hoped that the presence of the translocated birds would act as a magnet to other young ospreys and it is very encouraging that it is happening already. Who knows, CJ7 may even return to breed at Poole Harbour in the future. For now it is just great to see the translocated ospreys exploring Poole for the first time.

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