Gaining experience

We left Nest 1 on Tuesday still without a confirmed sighting of accidental fledger VP, although she MUST have been one of the four ospreys visible in the nest tree area late afternoon. A review of footage recorded after the Café closed revealed she arrived on the nest at 18.43 in hot pursuit of YA who had brought a new catch. And it was a good landing too!

VP comes in after YA (c) Forestry Commission England

VP comes in after YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

She seemed pretty hungry, unsurprisingly. She looks undamaged by her tumble through the branches of the nest tree.

VP looks in good shape (c) Forestry Commission England

VP looks in good shape
(c) Forestry Commission England

She made an early appearance on Wednesday at 09.01, still with food on her mind as YA was about to appear with half a fish.

VP tells YA what she wants (c) Forestry Commission England

VP tells YA what she wants
(c) Forestry Commission England

VP flew off after half an hour and mostly the nest was bare in the morning, a strange sight.

In the afternoon both VP and VY were on the nest at times: taking off and landing were generally smooth operations. It wasn’t until 15.55 that YA brought another fish.

YA has brought a small but active fish (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has brought a small but active fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Senior sibling VY went to take the fish but VP who has always been determined where food is concerned grasped it.

Scuffle for possession (c) Forestry Commission England

Scuffle for possession
(c) Forestry Commission England

VP let VY take the remaining half of the fish after nearly 20 minutes of eating – once she had mastered the first few nibbles round the mouth of the trout. The sight of YA with another slightly larger offering at 17.14 was welcome as VY had swallowed the tail of the previous one half an hour earlier. No prizes for guessing who was first to take it!

YA provides food again (c) Forestry Commission England

YA provides food again
(c) Forestry Commission England

Today both fledglings were on the nest for a time in the morning. VP stood dozing on a breezy day before rain came.

VP dozes (c) Forestry Commission England

VP dozes
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 after her confident fledge yesterday VS hadn’t returned to the nest when the Café closed. A review of the recordings showed she was still away at 19.15, but she was lying in the nest at 09.00 today with VM.

VM is on the left (c) Forestry Commission England

VM is on the left
(c) Forestry Commission England

Both fledglings made a number of short flights with VM being slightly more clumsy, getting her feet caught in bark or other nest material. But it was VS who made the worst landing, right on top of Mrs 37. Blame the ‘breeze’!

VS lands on Mum! (c) Forestry Commission England

VS lands on Mum!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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2 Responses to Gaining experience

  1. Cirrus says:

    Oh bless, all is forgiven VS – keep the practice up VM and both of you enjoy your new found freedom

  2. KEITH ROGERS says:

    Good to hear all four young ospreys are in good shape – The first day of fledge is always a concern but as you have said before most fledgings are successful.

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