The relationship between YA and the female on Nest 1 seems to be developing – they shared a fish this morning! When the live feed came on she was eating at the edge of the nest. YA was on the camera pole, and when she’d finished he came down, had a bite and then flew off with the remains. A visitor to Kielder Castle Cafe had seen an osprey fishing near Leaplish a bit earlier, so perhaps that was the catch taken to Nest 1. For most of the afternoon one of them was sitting in a tree on the edge of the wide angle camera view, and had a snack at one point. But there is no sign of mating yet.
In contrast, 37 is making up for his younger brother’s reticence! There were problems with the Nest 2 feed today which may be as well; one of the customers at the Cafe named it “the orniporn channel”!
37 is still mantling occasionally in front of the female. This has been observed on other nests where there are established pairs, but it is not conclusive proof that the female is the partner from last year. Here is a lovely snapshot of the pair. Click on the image to enlarge.