The great guys from the Forestry Commission Radio Branch have got the ‘long view’ camera working again in the Nest 1 area AND have reduced the jerkiness of the stream from the Nest 2 camera. Three cheers and many thanks.
The Nest 1 female was incubating when the live stream powered up on Friday. Around 11.30 YA brought a fish to the nest. The female flew off briefly then settled on the edge of the nest to eat. YA took over incubating. The ‘long view’ shot doesn’t allow a peek into the nest interior so we still don’t know how many eggs were laid. Both birds were following something quite high in the sky for a time, possibly a buzzard or crows, but didn’t behave in an alarmed manner. Zooming closer to the nest, the female on the edge has a noticeably brown chest and forehead, so she is almost certainly the dark headed female. She is now Mrs YA! YA did a reasonable stint on the eggs before handing back to her. Click on the top two images to enlarge them.
Over on Nest 2, 37 has remembered one of his jobs is to build up the nest. He brought quite a few sticks and pieces of bark in during Friday morning. Although the right hand side of the nest looks in greatest need of repair to a human, he concentrated on topping up the left hand edge. He had a go at removing the twig that sticks up near the camera, but it is firmly in place. It isn’t inconveniencing the ospreys as they fly onto the nest so is further away than the foreshortened camera image suggests. Annoying for nestcam viewers though!
Amy from Kielder Castle Cafe saved a great shot earlier in the week of a real pair of posers, who are now our header image!