The absence of nestcam coverage, disappointing as it is, gave the space for a quick dash to Threave Ospreys to visit Yellow 37 and White YA’s brother, Black 80.
He was born at Glaslyn in 2006, between ‘our’ males, and has been at Threave since 2008 although he didn’t breed until the following year. He has fathered chicks every year since 2009.
On arrival at the osprey viewpoint he was in sight straightaway on a favourite perch near the nest. And he looks so like ‘our’ males and his father. He has a very white chest like them, with only a small amount of speckling. There are two chicks at Threave this year and both were visible at times. If you click on the image to the right then zoom in you can see the chicks’ heads near the left edge of the nest. Click on any image to enlarge.
Black 80 did his duty chasing off a buzzard fairly near the nest, but mostly he hung out in the tree near the nest until he went off to get a fish for the family; he fed the chicks briefly before the female took over. After that, he indulged in 37s favourite activity of bringing in a stick and rather clumsily wafting it around the nest over the heads of his offspring!
Threave Ospreys have a fantastic vantage point about 350m away from the island nest. A visit is highly recommended. After you’ve been to Kielder of course!
Particular thanks to Stephanie, a very helpful and knowledgeable volunteer.