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.
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.