Here’s the Report from yesterday’s event:-
The view from the telescopes was generally difficult due to the overcast conditions. However, on the few occasions when a burst of sunlight broke through, we could see at least 3 birds in shot. Sometimes in the nest and occasionally perched in the trees to the right.
Visitors were few and far between in the morning and early lunchtime but things became much busier in the afternoon. Most were holiday makers from points south and we also had a family from Germany. Being so busy pm prevented an accurate count, but a reasonable estimate is 80-90 visitors, not bad for a day which didn’t look promising for weather. Although the telescope view was predominantly of an empty Nest 1, many groups stayed for much longer than usual and showed great interest.
We switched the TV between nests, but to keep visitors entertained, we left it showing Nest 2 for longer periods as there was usually at least one of the fledglings present. YA did make an appearance with a fish – he landed briefly on the nest and flew away still carrying the fish followed by VY.
As usual, Mrs YA was absent, and as we could only observe a maximum of 3 birds in and around Nest 1, by late pm, we had jumped to the conclusion that she had left only for her to make her typical appearance on the nest at 16.10!!
Several visitors reported seeing ospreys flying at the dam and one group had seen a bird fishing, as they walked near the viaduct.
It was obvious that all the birds were getting plenty to eat; the water was almost flat calm which presumably helps when catching fish. Mrs 37 was still happy to feed the chicks herself, 37 was rather shy, once his fish was delivered he would fly away out of sight. At the very end of our shift, we could see birds on both nests feeding.
All in all, a day which started unpromisingly but got better and better as time went on.
Neil, Paul and Ian
All the fledglings can feed themselves but when an adult lands to either eat or take a remnant away for a peaceful meal a youngster will sometimes solicit. Usually successfully!
The image above was after both juveniles had fed themselves, VM for longer than VS because Mrs 37 took the fish from VS when she had scarcely begun. VS asked for food and Mrs 37 responded. VM had flown away but returned and was also topped up before Mrs 37 managed to eat.
It was very windy at the nest sites earlier this week. On Nest 1 both juveniles practised taking off and landing with clumps of moss, mostly successfully. But VP took a break after this landing. About 12 seconds of flight with the moss has been removed.