Mainly White EB

White EB has been the main incubator today with only a short stint by 37 this morning. Yesterday he incubated every few hours. The lack of change over has limited opportunities to see the second egg and latterly both eggs have been moved back in the cup so are more obscured by nest material. However here is a short clip of White EB turning the eggs.

The second egg is paler than the first as is usually the case.

After this shuffle the eggs became harder to see (c) Forestry Commission England

After this shuffle the eggs became harder to see
(c) Forestry Commission England

There have been several intrusions most days. Sometimes 37 hasn’t appeared to defend the nest and EB has had a couple of close encounters with divebombing visitors. One was YA! This is a quiet time for the males who usually incubate for a limited amount of time and aren’t yet required to provide fish for growing chicks. Checking out who else is around is a natural occupation. Thanks to Paul for enhancing the image to confirm the intruder was YA.

YA gets too close for comfort (c) Forestry Commission England

YA gets too close for comfort
(c) Forestry Commission England

We know White EB hatched in Tweed Valley in 2007 because of her Darvic colour ring. That ring has enabled her to be identified in her wintering grounds. The Rutland Osprey Project visit West Africa most years and they have seen White EB twice – in 2014 and again this January. She winters in Senegal at the Somone Lagoon, a nature reserve and one of the most picturesque places to watch ospreys foraging. Many thanks to Rutland’s Field Officer John Wright for sharing his superb photographs from this year.

Somone Lagoon, Senegal (c) John Wright

Somone Lagoon, Senegal
(c) John Wright

Sun glints on White EB (c) John Wright

Sun glints on White EB
(c) John Wright

White EB with her catch (c) John Wright

White EB with her catch
(c) John Wright

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2 Responses to Mainly White EB

  1. JW4926 says:

    Boys and boredom hey :-) Lovely to see where WhiteEB spends her winters – thank you John and Joanna.

  2. Cirrus says:

    Wonderful captures and great of John to share. May WHite EB have many many more safe migrations an lots of chicks

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