The damage to the Nest 2 camera streaming system caused by lightning was severe. Major work was necessary to have even a chance of establishing a link again. The Forestry Commission Radio and Electronics Branch team have done a great job so we can enjoy views like this again.
Our sincere thanks to the team.
During field observations the fledglings have been seen flying well and exploring the immediate area. Here is some action yesterday afternoon from all three. First, Y5 flies over the ground behind the nest before coming in for a smooth landing. Press HD on the clips for best quality.
Next the youngest osprey, Y6, arrives from the right.
And finally the oldest of the three, Y4, appears from the direction of the original nest.
The juveniles spend a lot of time on the old nest tree but two of them returned to Nest 2 after 37 had dropped off a fish.
After a few minutes EB fed the pair until the fish was consumed.
Today has been very wet and windy but the juveniles fed themselves in a long session.
Earlier EB paid Nest 1A a visit.
She was only on the nest a few seconds and very shortly after she left YA landed with breakfast – EB could have followed him to the nest area from the reservoir.
Yesterday Mrs YA too visited a different nest. She dropped in to her old home with a freshly caught trout which she had probably caught herself. YA had delivered one to Nest 1A a bit earlier. (The time stamp for Nest 1 is GMT.)
She ate for an hour then took the remaining part of the fish away with her. She wasn’t seen on Nest 1A again yesterday.
On 30 July she had landed with half of a fish to find a slightly bigger piece on the nest. You can guess what happened next!
On Nest 1A the juveniles spend long periods eating.
Virtually every fish delivery is followed by stiff competition for ownership.
The youngsters have also practised landing and taking off and flying around the area. Including with fish!
Soon they will be heading off on migration. It is such a treat to have both the nestcams working to enjoy our last few weeks with them.