Time is passing

The juvenile ospreys on Nests 1 and 2 are still staying very near their natal nests, which are being used as feeding stations. They will gradually explore further afield over the next few weeks. The time is fast approaching for the females to leave on migration, always poignant for humans. The famous osprey known by many as Lady at Loch of the Lowes has already departed.

Given that there are occasional assaults on the Kielder adults by their offspring who could blame the females if they fly off soon!

Blue VT gives Mum a nip (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VT gives Mum a nip
(c) Forestry Commission England

The males drop their catches off as quickly as possible to avoid getting an accidental nip.

YA backs away as his son moves in for the trout (c) Forestry Commission England

YA backs away as his son moves in for the trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

The youngsters are still having tugs of war over new fish, or getting impatient with a sibling who has eaten more than a fair share.

Blue 7H and Mrs 37 stay out of the way as Blue 8H and Blue 9H tussle (c) Forestry Commission England

 Mrs 37 stays out of the way as Blue 8H and Blue 9H tussle
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 7H tries to get a taile end before Blue 8H eats the lot (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 7H tries to get a tail end before Blue 8H eats the lot
(c) Forestry Commission England

Sometimes a juvenile will eat for over an hour, a far cry from a couple of months ago when a few mouthfuls filled them up. Although the weather has been changeable and quite windy there are still ample fish deliveries; at times a new fish arrives when over half an old one is still on the nest, especially on Nest 1.

Blue UV and Blue VT both tuck in (c) Forestry COmmission England.

Blue UV and Blue VT both tuck in
(c) Forestry Commission England

The females still feed the youngsters at times.

Nrs 37 feeds Blue 7H as Blue 8H waits her turn. or once! (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 feeds Blue 7H as Blue 8H waits her turn. for once!
(c) Forestry Commission England

But mostly the youngsters are feeding themselves. So a very reduced role for the females now.

Is Mrs YA thinking her role is nearly fulfilled? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is Mrs YA thinking her role is nearly fulfilled?
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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One Response to Time is passing

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    Good to know YA is bringing plenty of fish to the nest and Yellow 37. The chicks will be so demanding now. The Glaslyn male has certainly had his work cut out this year. It would seem his chicks have bottomless pits at the moment.:)

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