Rare bird of prey spotted on motorway bridge in Lancashire

A extremely rare bird of prey has been spotted on a motorway bridge near Preston.

Ospreys have not nested in Britain for centuries, and wildlife experts believe it may have been just stopping off on a long journey.

It was seen hunting on the River Ribble near to the Brockholes nature reserve at Samlesbury.

The attraction's closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

The bird of prey was photographed by Darren Leen who works for Highways England’s traffic officer service from an outstation next to the M6 and A59 at Samlesbury.

Credit: Darren Leen, Highways England

The bird already has birders getting excited on social media but no-one can get too close because it is in a restricted area.