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Thread subject: Only ONE OSPREY.
Name Date Message
Marie 05/06/05 04:14 pm Well here I am back in London, having flown 600 miles from Scotland this afternoon. Not a long way really nor very far. A 90 mins air trip.
I had a wonderful 48 hr bird-a-thon with friends despite having my original flight cancelled on the WEDS and arriving four hours after schedule in Aberdeen. The grand total of 84 species of bird was observed by me and my expert birder friend during the daylight hours of birding. It was as well he was there as I discovered many birds I didn't know.
It wasn't untill this morning at 9am did we see an OSPREY. I had visions of leaving Scotland with out ever seeing one. I was very excited, even though our sighting was a fair way off on private land. One would never have seen it from the road way if one had not been given the exact location. It was well hidden in a mixed woodland up on a small ridge. It defied all my previous notions of where Ospreys nest. I could see it with binoculars only a quarter of the way down from the top of a fir tree. It was well behind several deciduous trees that stood on the periphery. The sighting of the osprey was somewhat serendipitous for at the precise moment we arrived the osprey flew up out of the nest carrying a flounder and settled in a deciduous tree having flapped its way across the green grassland so that we had a good view of it and it's fish. Five minutes later or earlier we would never have been able to pick out the osprey in the tree. What a moment as it flew before us. It seeemed to be saying look at me and I too can fish. Where the female was, one couldn't tell. Perhaps it wasn't interested in the fish if it was in the nest. We couldn't see any heads. Still it was a great Scottish moment for me even though I know I can get very much closer to ospreys in Victoria.
During the 48 hrs in Aberdeen, one could have seen me dodging torrents of rain at Lochs, basking between the rain showers in sunshine along country roads or at other times wind blown along steep cliffs. I found looking over the top edge at sea birds clinging precariously to the sheer cliff face, rather giddying. I do experience from time to time a fear of heights, but I manage this morning to slither on my belly in the wet grass and peer over the edge. Thousands of Kittiwakes, Common Guillimots, Razor bills, Antlantic Puffins, Herring Gulls and Northern Fulmars were all nesting on their special 'BIT' of ledge on the cliff face. AMAZING. The view along this Scottish coastline was particularly wild and beautiful with the yellow Gorse and crimson Campion( if I remember) all in flower. A few Gannets were soaring above the sea some distance out. I decided my trip to Scotland will have to be much longer next time I visit.
Shelley 05/06/05 04:24 pm I LOVE puffins!!! marie, your adventures are maiking me so jealous but I am loving the vicarious thrill of it all! All that we need now are photos!!

Received your postcard today and I LOVE the stamp!! How cool!

Can't wait for you to be home!! Fly safe, my friend!!
Nancy L 05/06/05 05:02 pm I know you must feel blessed to have had this opportunity - it sounds wonderful! I'm so happy for you!
Celeste 05/06/05 05:28 pm Yes I am thrilled for you too Marie. And, thank you for "taking us along" every step of the way! Safe trip home!
Pam 05/06/05 06:00 pm So glad you enjoyed your Scottish trip Marie and really looking forward to seeing some photographs when you have time. Safe journey home - nice to see you back on the message board :)
Tim P 05/06/05 08:25 pm Most people don't know that "slither on my belly" is really a common birder technique.
Welcome Back, we saved your set on The Osprey Express.
Cecilia 05/06/05 08:46 pm You always give me a laugh Tim :-)

Marie - your trip has redoubled my desire to make it to Ireland and Scotland soon. So many birds in one day..I had no idea! And I didn't know that Puffins are nesting on the Scottish cliffs either...like Shelley I love them too. Fly home safely and know that we all have missed you on our boards!!!
Lori 05/06/05 11:32 pm I do enjoy "traveling" with you Marie! Thankyou always for sharing. Safe trip home. :-)
Marie 05/07/05 05:20 pm Thank you , Thank you everyone. You do make us laugh Tim. Yes we 'birder's' do find unique ways to view our birds. It is serious stuff, and those that think birding is just a bore really have no idea of the fun and joy we experience.
I hope I can figure a way to get the pics from Leicester , Pam/Tiger and me posted soon as my brother did burn them to CD for me while I was in Scotland. I have been busy too so really haven't had much time on this computer in the last 24 hrs. There are three others in this family using the computer so I have to wait my turn. ;-)
In 48 hrs time I will be flying home and IOnce in Victoria I will have much to catch up with especially watching the new eaglets grow in four nests and assertain if the occupants of three osprey nests are settling down to incubate yet. I hope at least one of the three nests still have a pair of Ospreys 'making out' still. I want to capture some of that activity on film...no comment TIM...ha ha.
Marie 05/07/05 05:22 pm Thank you , Thank you everyone. You do make us laugh Tim. Yes we 'birder's' do find unique ways to view our birds. It is serious stuff, and those that think birding is just a bore really have no idea of the fun and joy we experience.
I hope I can figure a way to get the pics from Leicester , Pam/Tiger and me posted soon as my brother did burn them to CD for me while I was in Scotland. I have been busy too so really haven't had much time on this computer in the last 24 hrs. There are three others in this family using the computer so I have to wait my turn. ;-)
In 48 hrs time I will be flying home and I am so looking forward to it, but not the long flight. Once in Victoria I will have much to catch up with especially watching the new eaglets grow in four nests. Also will need to assertain if the occupants of three osprey nests are settling down to incubate yet. I hope at least one of the three nests still have a pair of Ospreys 'making out' . I want to capture some of that activity on film...no comment TIM...ha ha.
Marie 05/07/05 05:24 pm Whoops you got two copies above and one wasn't corrected...slip of my finger........sorry!
I always said I was computer challenged.
Pam 05/07/05 06:06 pm Computer challenged and tired too Marie. I hope that you will be selective when you choose the photos (as I had to be ... hint, hint LOL)
Marie 05/07/05 06:12 pm Well Pam....I am tired and have been shown by my brother x2 how to do this copy . paste stuff and I still can't get it. LOL I feel like a twit! Will try again tomorrow,but in the mean time I will try to email you a beauty...HA HA.
Shelley 05/07/05 06:21 pm me too, me too, please!! Email me a beauty, too!!!

;-)
Pam 05/07/05 07:14 pm I don't like the sound of that Marie. Hasn't come through yet so will have to view (with trepidation) tomorrow. Goodnight now .........

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