British osprey becomes father in Dutch Biesbosch


This video says about itself:

Fishing ospreys; filmed in the fall of 2017 en 2018 in De Biesbosch and south Limburg province. Ospreys can dive at speeds up to 80 kilometres an hour, so making this video was extremely difficult. I had more failures than successful takes. All footage was filmed with a Panasonic GH5 and a Canon ef 500mm. Music licensed via Artlist.

Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands today:

12-JUN-2020 – The number of breeding pairs of ospreys in the Netherlands is increasing rapidly. In the Biesbosch this year no less than three pairs were on eggs. The Biesbosch is currently the only nature reserve in the Netherlands where ospreys breed. It is not yet clear how many young birds hatched in the nature reserve this year.

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) have been breeding successfully in the Netherlands, in the Biesbosch, since 2016. …

Ranger Thomas van der Es of Staatsbosbeheer explains: “The ospreys have built several nests in the Biesbosch, three of which are now in use. The new third pair already started building several nests in the area last year. After returning from Africa this spring they found out that one nest had been hijacked by a pair of peregrine falcons, so the new osprey couple used the other nest.” Ospreys are known to be very loyal to their nesting location and to enjoy nesting close to other ospreys. That is why there are now no fewer than three breeding pairs in one nature reserve. Two pairs are nesting in a tree, another couple is sitting in a power pylon near the quiet, closed basin of Evides Water Company. At the new nest, a creek is temporarily closed to shipping to give the ospreys quiet.

New couple

Of the new pair, the male is from the United Kingdom, and the female from Germany. The male is the first osprey from the United Kingdom to successfully breed outside his home country. …

It is still unknown how many youngsters there are in total. However, observations this week made it clear that young birds have hatched on all three nests. …

The birds successfully catch large roaches and breams daily here.

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