Still plenty of migrant ospreys passing through Poole Harbour. I had five sightings this morning over Wareham Channel. This one flew near me with a tiny fish, held the wrong way round. There is a ring (metal?) on the right leg. Click on the photo for better quality.
© Alison Copland
In reply to Alison Copland:
It opens smaller for me, don't know if it's Firefox's fault. Here it's cropped and 700px wide:
Definitely a ring.
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In reply to scylla:
A holding snap - pottering on the nest for 10 minutes @ 08:00 this morning.
Merlin (I claim): EDIT - wrongly, as it turns out. But the Hobby I checked looked too pale to be this bird.
I'm packing up now, SYAL :)
EDIT (I'm doing this in my sleep, I'll have you know!)
Unedited 10-minute video of HOBBY on the nest:
I am DEVASTATED to have been wrong
Alison Copland said:By the way, there was a lovely Hobby visit to the webcam nest about 8am, lasting for a good ten minutes.
Oh well, I've insisted it's a Merlin. I did tell my friend I'd stuck my neck out, so it may give everyone (RICHARRRRD?!!!) a laugh
I think, Scyla it's a Hobby but I'm going to post a picture of both so you and Alison can determine if I am right.
Hobby above and now or , rats. Hobby below and Merlin above anyway the Hobby has a ''speckled'' head.
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