With VP sticking to ‘out of sight of nestcam’ edges most of the day, VY fledged and parents’ absent from the nest mainly this was a day we were thankful for the ‘long shot’ camera for all it has no optical zoom or panning capability. Nevertheless it was possible to piece together the story (with the benefit of hindsight!) and it was indeed VY on the conifer branch in the image on the last blog. Identification became easier when YA landed on the nest and took an old fish skin to the tree VY was sitting in. Then Mrs YA came down to eat from the piece of fish on the nest.
The fourth osprey on the conifer branch had to be VY, and she flapped her wings as fish were consumed under her and on the nest!
This was shortly before 15.00 at which hour it began to rain. VP went from the rear of the nest to the very front edge.
After a few minutes VP returned to the nest proper. VY landed, no doubt to offer the benefit of her advice on first take-offs.