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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006, 20:42 GMT 21:42 UK
Osprey sightings excite twitchers
Osprey in flight
Osprey migrate to Africa for the winter months
Birdwatchers have recorded a number of recent sightings of rare osprey in the skies above Shropshire.

The large birds of prey, which were hunted almost to extinction in Britain the 19th Century, are protected.

A bird has been seen feeding around the Edgeley and Melverley area near Nesscliffe and there have also been several sightings around Shrewsbury.

A Royal Society for the Protection of Birds spokesman said it was probably on its way back to Scotland from Africa.

Osprey can have a wingspan of about 5ft (1.52m) and feed on live fish which they catch by plunging feet first into water.




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