Osprey spotted in the Fal estuary
WILDLIFE enthusiasts were “astounded” by a high level of bird activity on Saturday as the cruise took an unscheduled trip up the Fal estuary – and spotted an elusive osprey.
The birds of prey only spend around two weeks in this part of the country while they re-fuel before crossing the channel and heading down to Africa.
The notoriously shy bird was spotted by bird-lovers during a trip run by Falmouth-based AK Wildlife Cruises.
The boat ventured up the estuary for the first time in months due to severe sea weather conditions.
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“Before we’d even left the mooring, a great northern diver flew overhead,” said Richard Hollis, from AK Wildlife Cruises.
“These only come down to Cornwall to spend their winter, after breeding further north in Scotland.
“Sailing past some fishing pots and nets, our eagle eyed crew spotted a kingfisher sat on top of the heap, making a beautiful photograph.
“But the star of the show made its entrance as we turned a corner and saw the bird of prey sat on a branch watching us.
“Notoriously shy, the bird took to the wing and floated above the tree line before landing again in another tree.
“The ospreys don’t stay for long so we’re off out to make the most of them before they leave, as it was only recently that these have made a come-back after going extinct in Britain.”
On the same trip, a red breasted merganser and a purple sandpiper were also spotted, along with a teal, a small species of duck with teal eye shadow.
AK Wildlife Cruises operate for 12 months of the year from Falmouth with heated cabin, indoor and outdoor seating, hot drinks and modern toilet to offer the best wildlife watching trip.