Osprey Watch Report: 27 July 2013

The watch was set up by 10:30 and as soon as the error message was cleared from the screen we saw a part eaten fish on nest. Neither the female nor the chick seemed interested. On checking an osprey had been seen scooping a fish out near the dam at 09:50 and heading towards the nest. At 09:58 there was a fish on the nest and both were eating it, though first they finished off a bit left from earlier.

It was a week since one of us had seen the chick – which has grown significantly in those seven days and is almost the size of its mother now. During the day it alternated between leg and wing stretching and loads of preening, and flopping to catch a little nap or two.

At 10:58 the mother decided that the chick needed a little more food and proceeded to fill it up again, they then both headed to the far corner of the nest, and pointedly turned their backs on the camera.

Nothing more happened until 11:34 when the mother left the nest for a flight returning at 11:42.

At 13:30 the male arrived on the nest and took the remains of the fish away.

At 13:52 the female again left the nest for a flight not returning until 14:22 so for 30 minutes the chick was left on the nest alone, and seemingly unperturbed -most of the time it spent sleeping.

At 14:41 the male arrived with a fresh fish, initially the chick decided to have a go at feeding itself and at one point had hold of the fish and turned as if to make sure that the female could not get any of it. The response of the female was to leave for another fly around.

Shortly after 15:00 the female returned and after a brief spell of doing nothing proceeded to feed the chick most of the rest of the fish – though some of the larger bits she judged were too big for the chick and selflessly downed them herself.

Overall we had roughly 90 visitors, the threatened rain held off apart from a few droplets, and the visibility remained good all day. The camera feed was steady and everyone remarked upon the excellent quality of it. Visitors also marvelled at the close up shots of the previous chick ringings and how magnificent the birds are.

Dave, Ian, Roger

Here are some images from the nestcam and ‘long view’ camera today. Click to enlarge.

despite a new delivery a remnant is eaten first (c) Forestry Commission

despite a new delivery a remnant is eaten first
(c) Forestry Commission

what a large mouth! (c) Forestry Commission

what a large mouth!
(c) Forestry Commission

a family gathering before YA removes the fish (c) Forestry Commission

a family gathering before YA removes the fish
(c) Forestry Commission

the chick looks towards the water (c) Forestry Commission

the chick looks towards the water
(c) Forestry Commission

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One Response to Osprey Watch Report: 27 July 2013

  1. I can’t believe how quickly those chicks grow.

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