Fishing for fame

As I mentioned the other day, we had some very successful cruises on the Rutland Belle over the Birdfair weekend. The weather was kind to us every time, and we were privy to some fantastic views of Ospreys flying by and fishing. Having a celebrity presence was, of course, a very nice bonus, and we’d like to thank Simon King, David Lindo and Nick Baker for joining us on these trips, and also thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed them with us.

Here are some photographs taken by Phillip Ward, on the first celebrity cruise on Thursday last week. This Osprey did a fantastic fly-by of the boat with this fish, coming at us from in front, then circling with it very close to us. It was a huge fish, and he almost dropped it more than once! Luckily, he kept his grip and flew away successfully with it. Thank you to Simon King, who did a great job of following this Osprey with his commentary, and to Captain Matt, who did a great job of following him with the boat! And of course, thank you very much to Phillip for allowing us to share these photos.

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All of our Osprey Cruises have been immensely successful this season. We have seen at least one Osprey on every single cruise, usually more than that – we’ve had up to seven birds spotted in one 1.5 hour cruise! Often, we have witnessed the truly superb spectacle of an Osprey diving and catching a fish.

We only have one cruise left this season, and it has sold out I’m afraid. However, if you have missed out there is no need to worry, as there is always next year! We run about twenty cruises throughout the Osprey breeding season, from the end of May to the end of August. Next year’s dates will be released at some point during the coming months, but until then, you can always purchase a voucher. The cruise vouchers allow you to secure a place on any 2016 cruise, and when the dates are released, all you need to do is contact us to book a spot on your preferred date.

These vouchers are fantastic Christmas or birthday presents, and can even be made out in someone’s name to make it that bit more special. For more information about cruises and booking vouchers, please click here.

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