I well remember seeming my first British Osprey at Boat of Garten in Scotland’s Cairngorms during a Geography field course – a few too may years ago now for my liking.
At the time it was one of the few breeding pairs in the British Isles.
Then I can recall the first young Ospreys being introduced to Rutland Water Reservoir, first into breeding pens and then later released.
I can still see its piercing eyes staring at me as I tried to stay clear of its flexing talons and beak! We both ended unscathed with it flying off strongly and me receiving a rather over the top ‘put it there high fives’ by the on watching beach attendant.
It’s certainly great to see Ospreys making such a strong come back and hopefully it won’t be long before we have them spreading into other parts of the British Isles.