Life on Nest 3. Plus a flying visit to Kielder by UV

A download at Nest 3 yesterday coincided with a visit to Kielder by UV. He was near Nest 3 at download time! There was no indication from footage or vocalisation from the incubating male that UV was close by, only the later data revealed his presence. The likely reason there was no chipping or alarming is that the male didn’t see UV because he was facing the wrong way.

UV heads away as the male finally looks behind
(c) Forestry Commission England

More on what else UV did later in this post.

The Nest 3 footage for the last few days suggests a peaceful time, but with only a couple of hours of insight a day firm conclusions can’t be drawn. Both ospreys are often on the nest. An ‘aaah’ image.

a companionable pair
(c) Forestry Commission England

Frequently the male is the one incubating when the recordings are made. In the image above he took over once the female, furthest from the camera, left the eggs. In the next one the female eats on the edge.

(c) Forestry Commission England

In another clip we were fortunate to see the female preen out a primary feather from her left wing.

a primary feather has just been removed by the female 
(c) Forestry Commission England

Which one was it? A later clip revealed all.

left wing, P7 missing
(c) Forestry Commission England

Back to UV’s flying visit to Kielder yesterday. He arrived near Nest 2, a favourite route. As usual EB was unamused. In the last few seconds UV’s shadow is visible in the bottom quarter of the clip. Press HD for best quality.

UV also passed close to Nest 4 although Mrs 69 did no more than watch him heading away.

Mrs 69 doesn’t alarm or mantle
(c) Forestry Commission England

Why did UV spend half an hour or so flying around the Forest? He showed no interest in foraging. UV knows ospreys attract ospreys, and that there are four nests in an extended area surrounding the largest man-made reservoir in northern Europe. So we can expect further visits to establish whether there are singletons around.


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2 Responses to Life on Nest 3. Plus a flying visit to Kielder by UV

  1. Jo says:

    Good to know all is well …. thanks Joanna …….

  2. Cirrus says:

    It;s all very domestic and amiable . Good news. I would love UV to find his true love this time .

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