Well what an exciting day for the volunteers and our 180 visitors. The anticipation was palpable…..
would it/wouldn’t it…..fledge???
The day started with an adult sitting in a tree to the left of the nest and Blue 6H in the middle of the nest. At 11.30 it was clear from the telescopes that Blue 6H was standing precariously on the edge of the nest watched by Mum and Dad on each side. A bit of wing stretching followed – but nothing to write home about.
A very long live fish was literally ‘dropped’ into the nest by YA at noon and Blue 6H proceeded slowly at first to eat from the head area.
Something flew over the nest at 12.15 and the youngster began to mantle but the adults seemed unperturbed by the visitor. At 12.45, however, there were two buzzards seen high above the nest.
At 1pm there was lots of wing stretching and mini helicoptering accompanied by a throng of “oohs”, “ahhs” and “yes” from the visitors – but still nothing happened. Our visitors, of all ages, were glued to the main screen outside the Boat Inn, full of excited anticipation waiting for lift off!!
At 13.30 the adult took the fish off the nest and this was clearly seen through the telescopes – even well eaten by Blue 6H, and a bit by the female (who also fed Blue 6H), it was a very large fish indeed!
There was some serious helicoptering around 14.00 lasting around 5-6 seconds and the visitors were cheering it on. There were a few disappearing acts from the camera and we were all certain it was away – but then it plopped back onto the nest. But by 14.30 it dozed a bit looking exhausted with all the effort.
The adults landed on the nest at various points – with a stick on occasions – which the juvenile proceeded to move about a bit. And still nothing happened.
Typically at the end of the session, after we had packed up, there was a lot of flapping and helicoptering. So desperate were two of our young visitors (who couldn’t tear themselves away from the inside screen) they set up chairs to see the fledging happen, worrying about what time the screen was turned off!
We left trusty Joanna to capture the event but no text from her thus far must mean that the fledging did not happen today……
Two of our Glasgow visitors were lucky enough to get a fabulous picture of an Osprey skimming the water –we are very jealous!!
And a big “hi” to young George who was so keen to see the fledging. Perhaps tomorrow – weather permitting????
Don, Gillie and Joyce
Shortly before the live streaming went off YA brought a rainbow trout, headless, to the nest and Blue 6H seized upon it immediately! Rather large morsels were being consumed at the close of viewing.
It was rather moving seeing a crowd of people, most of whom hadn’t come to Leaplish specifically to view ospreys, willing Blue 6H to fledge and getting so behind every jump. Quite a few visited repeatedly during the day. The magic of ospreys!
Here are some images from today. A video of the best jumps will be posted tomorrow – lots of footage to edit!