|Male Osprey Pandion haliaetus|
My final birding trip whilst over here in the UK was, once again, to may local patch at Rutland Water. A good morning's birding produced over 50 species and it was good to see so many Common Terms along with a range of ducks, waders and passerines. A full report is already published on the alternative site at http://axarquiabirdeer.blogspot.com or simply CLICK HERE if you would like to peruse.
In addition to the breeding Ospreys (there are five nests in the Rutland area this year which have, we think, produced a total of 14 chicks but only the one nest is accessible on public land) I was fortunate to find a resting Common Tern and looking closer discerned a pair of very young and fluffy chicks. the parent bird was obviously standing guard whilst her partner went off to the neighbourng waters in search of food.
|Common Tern Sterna hirundo at nest with two fluffy chicks|
|Common Tern Sterna hirundo|
|Female Osprey Pandion haliaetus guarding, returning and on nest with her three chicks|
|"That's the wife and three kids," thinks the proud male Osprey.|
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