The Bollywood bird

osprey #30 with catch

Even the name ‘Osprey’ sounds somehow exotic. These large, fish-eating raptors are truly unique, truly one of a kind, the sole species of their genus, and their genus is the sole one in their family. Or to put it another way, osprey sit alone at the very end of a very bare single branch of the family of life. They may look a little like eagles, they may behave a little like eagles, but they are as different to eagles

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The ripple effect

A few days ago in Wales, persons unknown took a boat to an island in the centre of  the llyn brenig reservoir in Wales and used a chainsaw to fell a new platform erected to encourage Ospreys to breed. The Ospreys, an IUCN red list bird and highly protected in the UK,  had in fact just started to breed, and had laid their first egg when their home was destroyed. At the time of writing, the culprits are unknown. But

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