Osprey at Rutland Water.

It is not necessary to travel to The Everglades or even Scotland for good close views of Osprey; the Rutland Water Reserve is very accessible even to our less-able fellows with good hides and ample parking etc.

If you want to photograph the birds on the nest then a 600mm lens is best but shorter lenses are fine when the birds decide to come closer for a spot of fishing. It is best to visit on a cold crisp sunny day when temperatures are low - heat-shimmer can be a problem otherwise. Patience will be rewarded eventually....

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The woodland around the reserve also hosts good populations of the usual Spring migrants such as the tuneful Willow Warbler.
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This is also the best place that I know for seeing Egyptian Geese outside Norfolk.

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Egyptian Geese with chicks.

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