Down under!

Ospreys are present on every continent except Antarctica. In Australia they are non-migratory and tend to be found in coastal areas, wetlands and offshore islands. One such island with a small population is Rottnest Island, a reserve 11 miles off the coast of Western Australia. The nearest urban areas are Fremantle and Perth. Rottnest Island is only 7.3 sq miles in size but supports beween two and four breeding pairs of ospreys.

Salmln Point limestone outcrop (c) Bev Naismith

Salmon Point limestone outcrop
(c) Bev Naismith

A recent visitor to Kielder from Australia, Bev, was on the island last December (within the breeding season for Australian ospreys) and told us about her experience. Now she is home she has shared a great photo of a huge nest! The nest (or a bit of it!) is thought to be about 70 years old. It sits on limestone stacks at Salmon Point; this offers a great vantage point for the ospreys and is also protected from disturbance, being at the edge of an outcrop.

You can just see a bit of green ?ribbon by the osprey’s feet; some of the Florida osprey nests also sport colourful adornments!

The Kielder ospreys will have to do a lot more stick gathering to get anywhere the number that must make up this nest!

Many thanks to Bev for sharing her photos. Click on them to enlarge.

Salmon Point, Rottnest Island WA (c) Bev Naismith

Osprey nest at Salmon Point, Rottnest Island WA
(c) Bev Naismith

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4 Responses to Down under!

  1. thehutts says:

    Here is a photo of a non-migratory Turks and Caicos Islands Osprey nest on the top of a telecommunications mast destroyed by hurricanes Hanna and Ike: http://huttsatwork.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/img_2205-osprey-nest.jpg
    The photo was taken on Salt Cay and the Ospreys had moved from an old wind pump in the Salinas to this new location in the middle of the village after the 2 devastating hurricanes of 2008.

  2. viv blake says:

    That’s a really fascinating post – I didn’t realise that there were non-migratory birds, but it makes sense: if you find the perfect spot, why not stay there? That also accounts for the size of that nest, they probably add to it every day.

  3. Mary Dempsey says:

    Not in New Zealand

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