The latest download of footage from the Nest 3 camera plus field observations indicate the family spend long periods away from the nest although it is still the focus for food. The female was last seen on the nestcam on 12 August.
Given limited coverage she may not have begun her migration yet but more and more ospreys are heading south. This may be our last view of her this year.
The youngsters are eating well with plentiful supplies even in the recent poorer weather.
Down goes the tail.
On a couple of clips an intruder has been in the area; in this short video of part of one incident a distant osprey can be seen heading left, then a pair of legs hover over the nest. Press HD for best quality.
The juveniles are over 80 days old – the age regarded as the start of the migration period – but often youngsters remain for another two or three weeks. The next download at the end of the week will show ‘what happened next’ on Nest 3.