Rutland Water is a brilliant place to visit. Not only does it have ospreys from late March to August, it has all this lot as well:
Lapwings are gorgeous little waders and happily there was enough light to bring out the beautiful iridescence of its feathers.
I can never resist a bathing swan. Of any kind.
This common gull was clearly wondering why it was being singled out for attention. I had no way of telling it that it was because it was the only one there.
Not sure I want to know what these two are up to.
I'm still surprised to see the Godfather (great black-backed gull) here. They're supposed to be a true sea gull - at least, that's what their Latin name translates as.
This black-headed gull looks a trifle put out at having the world's largest species of gull turning up in what it considers to be its own patch.
The Godfather heads out. Check out that wingspan!
Osprey Blue 33 flies down to his daughter (095) on the Manton Bay nest.
The common gull enjoys a nice, refreshing bath.
I love watching common terns as they hover.
A visit to Rutland wouldn't be complete without seeing a pied wagtail, complete with wagging tail!
More tern action ........
......... and more. I love the posturing!
A beautiful buzzard. That'll please the ospreys.
The young male osprey (096) flies past with a fish. Well most of one, anyway.
The Manton Bay female, Maya, in flight.
A beautifully marked young black-headed gull.
Three of many cormorants on one of the dead trees.
Finishing with a chilled out wood pigeon on a wire.
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said: those ospreys have such incredible wingspans
Yes, they do. Some years ago, at Loch Garten, one of the Osprey Team explained that the longer wingspan gave them extra lift - as a raptor who would inevitably be taking off from the water with its prey it needed something to compensate for the fact they had no ground to push against.
Funnily enough one of the main confusion species for the osprey is the great black-backed gull - they have a very similar flight silhouette at distance (and a massive wing span!).
More fabulous photos Clare, and the osprey with lunch in its talons (I did see it in the other Rutland post but kept it for this one) was a nice capture.
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