Scottish ospreys now in Africa

This video from Scotland is called RSPB Loch Garten Ospreys – EJ laying first egg of 2009.

From the BBC:

Young birds make it out to Africa

Osprey make long migrations from Scotland to Africa

Two young birds of prey being tracked on their migration from the Highlands have reached Africa.

Ospreys Rothes and Mallachie were raised at RSPB Scotland’s Loch Garten reserve near Aviemore.

Rothes has been flying around the Bijagos islands off Guinea-Bissau, while Mallachie has made it to Algeria.

The female birds were fitted with satellite tags. They are two of three chicks raised by parent birds EJ and Odin.

Last year’s young were also tagged but died during migration.

Nethy was thought to have died earlier this year after migrating to Africa.

Her brother Deshar died last October after making a “navigational error” and missing landfall in the Azores.

See also here.

Papyrus swamps and birds in Africa: here.

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    Evicted osprey pair defies FDOT


    A pair of osprey is determined to build a nest on the light fixture on the Walsingham Bridge. A contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation tore down the nest on Jan. 7, but the birds returned and are rebuilding.

    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – A Florida Department of Transportation contractor removed an osprey nest on Jan. 7 from the drawbridge light fixture at the west end of the Walsingham Bridge.

    However, the birds have returned, apparently determined as ever to rebuild.

    With an ample larder of fresh fish below and arguably one of the best views in town, it is no wonder that the two young sea hawks had chosen this site.

    Oblivious to the traffic below the birds made trip after round trip talons filled with building material as they painstakingly replaced their destroyed nest, only occasionally glancing skyward alert to any challenge from above.

    What the raptor pair cannot sense, however, is that FDOT has a problem with their choice of accommodations.

    FDOT spokesperson Marian Scorza said a member of FDOT’s bridge crew discovered the nest. To maintain the light signals for the drawbridge, FDOT opted to remove the nest, concerned that the structure obscured the lights. Scorza said it was the usual procedure to remove obstructions.

    Some motorists, however, seem to have no difficulty seeing the lights.

    On Jan. 14, Yvonne Huyliger of Largo said, “I’m excited to see the nest,” as she and her passenger from Houston, Andrea Huyliger, waited along with a group of motorists stopped for the drawbridge.

    “We can clearly see the light,” Andrea said, “No problem at all.”

    Motorists were not the only travelers excited by the sight of the feathered home builders. Two ladies taking advantage of the week’s first warm day had walked from their residence in Shipwatch over the bridge on their way to Indian Rocks Beach.

    Margaret Deaconsmith and Pamela Dowling, both seasonal visitors from the United Kingdom, said they had been watching the bird’s progress.

    “We’re absolutely enjoying them,” said Deaconsmith, who described herself and her friend as “Twitchers” a term reserved for those who travel long distances to see a rare bird.

    “We have them of course in the UK,” referring to the osprey, Deaconsmith said, “but not nearly as many.”

    “They are magnificent to watch,” added Dowling taking a last glance upward as the pair continued their morning walk.

    The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife protect ospreys. They are considered a threatened species, and each state issues permits for nest removal under a set of specific guidelines designed to ensure the animal’s recovery.

    A copy of FDOT’s permit shows it is good through Dec. 2012. The permit allows the agency to remove a nest with provisions.

    The guidelines from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which issued the permit, require among other things that osprey nests removed under migratory bird permits be replaced by structures of comparable or better quality and that when feasible the nest be transferred intact.

    The permit also issues this caution, “Osprey are strongly attached to nest sites, and will often rebuild a nest in the undesirable location unless a superior site is provided nearby.”

    Scorza said Thursday in an e-mail that the agency will send someone to the site.

    Article published on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

    Copyright © Tampa Bay Newspapers: All rights reserved.


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