After Mrs YA laid her egg at 13.23 she shuffled it every few seconds for a while before eventually settling on it. YA didn’t make an appearance until well after 14.00, when he landed with a meal for Mrs YA. And when she stood up he got his first sight of the egg.
He had a good look, the pair ‘chipped’ at each other, then he mated with Mrs YA before heading off. Between eggs being laid it is normal for the pair to mate.
His next visit was at 15.50. This video shows him getting ready to incubate for the first time this year. He practises closing his talons because ospreys walk around the nest when near the eggs with great care. Seeing the egg stimulates his response of closing the talons. Fascinating to an osprey anorak!
Mrs YA checked YA knows what he is doing.
YA turned the egg whilst Mrs YA was thinking of other things.
And when Mrs YA took over again, YA made sure SHE knew what to do!
This pairing is relatively new – Mrs YA arrived on the scene in 2013 and had to beat competition for such a stunner. Technical issues mean we aren’t clear when eggs were laid in 2013 but the interval between the pair first mating and eggs being laid was longer than 16 days, which was their timescale last year. For Kielder overall also this is a very early egg. The first of many, we hope, with three active nests!
A video of Mrs YA laying the egg will be put on vimeo over the next day or so; it took over 5 minutes from start to finish but is worth a watch.