It was a showery day at the Osprey Watch. When we arrived there were 2 birds on the nest and one flying around. Between 10.00 and 11.00 the fledgling took several short flights from the top of the camera pole. One of the adults could be seen perched in a tree to the left of the nest and at one point all three birds were seen in the air.
The youngster spent a lot of the rest of the day either perched on top of the camera pole or in the nest with an adult on top of the pole. The landing in a tree in the early afternoon was not particularly graceful but at 15.40 she had a brief flight and was more succesful. Then she could be seen for a while perched at the top of a tree some way to the left of the nest before another rain shower passed over. One adult and the fledgling were back at the nest – one on the pole and one on the nest – by 16.10 and were still there when we packed up at 17.00 in the rain.
It felt like there were fewer visitors around today but we recorded 93, most of whom were holidaying in the area. We had a couple from Belgium, a family from Germany and a few specifically coming up to catch the final weekend. As ever the enthusiasm of the visitors helped make it all seem worthwhile.
Sally & Duncan