Osprey spotted in the Fal estuary
WILDLIFE enthusiasts were "astounded" by the high level of bird activity on an unscheduled trip up the Fal estuary – and spotted an elusive osprey.
The birds of prey only spend about two weeks in this part of the country before heading to Africa.
The notoriously shy bird was spotted during a trip run by Falmouth-based AK Wildlife Cruises.
The boat ventured up the estuary for the first time after being hampered for months by severe sea weather conditions.
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Richard Hollis, from AK Wildlife Cruises, said they spotted a northern diver, which winter in Cornwall after breeding in Scotland, then a kingfisher.
He added: "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 treeline before landing again in another tree.
"The ospreys don't stay for long so we were 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."
A red breasted merganser and a purple sandpiper were also spotted, along with a teal, a small species of duck.