Osprey pictured in Fareham

An osprey with a large sea bass caught on camera in Fareham. Picture: Mark Rutley

An osprey with a large sea bass caught on camera in Fareham. Picture: Mark Rutley

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STUNNING pictures of an osprey making off with its supper have been captured by a Fareham photographer.

Keen snapper Mark Rutley captured the spectacular display on Saturday at Fareham Creek.

He said: ‘While photographing egrets at roost on Fareham Creek, from the corner of my eye I spotted what at first I thought was a heron.

‘However, I was amazed to see it was an osprey with a huge bass fish in its talons.

‘They normally live in Scotland and north-east England so to catch a photograph of one like this on the south coast is a rare opportunity.

‘There are only 200 to 225 in the whole of the UK.’

Although not native to the south coast, the birds of prey can occasionally be seen in spring and autumn as they migrate between Africa and the UK, where they nest in summer.

The RSPB lists the fish-eating bird of prey as an Amber List species because of its historical decline due to illegal killing, and low breeding numbers.

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