This the Osprey Chat Thread to cover the period September 2019 to the end of February 2020 in the generally 'quiet period'. Useful/interesting snippets, comments, pics, news, etc, all welcome
The July-August 2019 thread
Birdie's DU Summaries 2018
I did have an ulterior motive for starting the new thread! Please forgive the length - I never have been succinct.
On 20 July I spent the day at an increasingly muddy Birdfair, at Rutland. From the marquee demonstrating/displaying bins and scopes I looked out on, I think, Lagoon 1 and spotted an osprey (+ another and what may have been a marsh harrier) flying over the trees towards a platform which had a rudimentary nest on it. The first osprey appeared to be carrying a fish, and it made a bee-line for the platform where it settled to eat its tasty meal. I was later told it was more than likely to be 6K the male which has been spending the past two or three years on the Lagoons and this year had made this one its territory. All it needs is a passing female. Perhaps better luck next year.
I then headed for my favourite marquee, the Art Marquee. I love this marquee for all the art work of very different mediums. I chatted to Keith Brockie and his wife, and bought a copy of his latest book. You will remember that Keith has ringed many an osprey including our wonderful EJ, and is a superb artist.
Last year I came across and admired the glass work of Rachel C Taylor, who lives in Wales, so I sought her out again this year. As tempted as I was, I don't have the right place to hang or stand any of her work which would bring out the wonderful colours, nor perhaps the pocket, but I could buy a card or two which caught my eye. "Study of a young osprey, Pandion haliaetus" pen and ink on Bristol board, dated December 2012. Clearly a 2012 chick, but who! We had a long chat. Rachel created this particular drawing from a photograph, taken at ringing, although I am unsure whether she was actually there. She had a note of the ring number, but not to hand, so I tried to contact her (at her suggestion) to find out. Unfortunately she has had a massive web page malfunction recently, but over the weekend she got the front page, and photos of some of her work, back on-line. Before this I managed to contact her thru Twitter message – I follow Twitter, but have never tweeted, merely liked, and had not used this function before.
This beautiful drawing is of Glaslyn Blue 0C(12) f, a chick of Orange 11(98) m & Unringed – Mrs G. It is a blank card, so you can write your own message.
Edit: Zero not 'oh'
© Rachel C Taylor
Rachel is working on her web page and she intends that it will give details of her work, including size and price, but examples can be seen via the two links on the front page. I am not on commission, LOL, but I think they are really beautiful.
LOL, I did say I wasn't succinct. How wonderful that you have her a drawing of her brother! And what a life he had had too. Indeed I do remember about his entanglement (s?)! If I go again next year, I will announce it beforehand!
Edit And thank you for reminding me it is a zero, and not an 'oh'!
In reply to SheilaFE:
I hope you don't mind me posting this on here. I saved this poem/picture that was posted on the 'Explore' site a few years ago, I don't know who put it on there at the time so cannot give copyright credentials. I feel it is very fitting to the journey all ospreys in the UK (and elsewhere) are undertaking
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