Winding down

Standing proud after 24 hours of flying experience. Image from the Forestry Commission camera.

The new flyers on Nest 2 had a few short flights this morning, though none together. By lunchtime they had settled down to bask in the sunshine again. It was getting breezier too. The female  spent some time on the nest with them – there is a bit more room now the frenetic wing flapping isn’t so necessary!

Observations of the Nest 1 area were barren until about 11:50 when the male osprey was seen flying from the water over the Salmon Cubes artworks. He had quite a big fish in his talons, a great sight through the telescope. He showed it off by circling the trees around the nest, which prompted both the female and youngster to pop onto the nest from nearby trees. He settled on his favourite tree, probably to have a bite or two before handing over the spoils. Twenty minutes later, the nestcam showed the remains being devoured by his family.

The changing situation means that there will be less posts, but any interesting developments will be reported. The nestcam coverage at Kielder Castle will continue whilst the nests are still being used.

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