Ospreys breeding, first time in the Netherlands


This 30 April 2016 video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

For many decades nature lovers and bird watchers had hoped for the arrival of ospreys as breeding birds in the Dutch countryside. In 2016, this finally became true: a bird already for days has been sitting in the incubator stance on a nest in the Biesbosch National Park.

Maybe ospreys nested in the Netherlands centuries ago. But as far as people know, this is the first osprey nest with eggs ever in the Netherlands.

Of this couple, the male has been ringed and is four years old. The female has no ring. Probably, she is of the same age.

Already in 2014 and 2015, the ospreys built nests in the Biesbosch. They did not lay eggs, as the couple was still sexually immature then.

Now they are back from wintering in Africa at last year’s nest.

Biesbosh ospreys are said to eat mainly rudd.

Sea eagles already nest in the Biesbosch. They also had been away from the Netherlands; until they returned to Oostvaardersplassen national park in 2006, later nesting elsewhere as well.

Osprey in the Netherlands, video


This video shows an osprey. Maybe, a fish bone got stuck in its throat, judging from its movements.

Martijn Struijf in the Netherlands made this video.

Osprey bathing, video


This video shows an osprey bathing, with ducks in the background.

Edwin Nagel from the Netherlands made this video.

Ringing young ospreys in Wales


This video from Wales says about itself:

On July 3rd, all three Dyfi osprey chicks were weighed, named and ringed. They were 35, 33 and 31 days old and we kept the tradition of naming them after Welsh rivers and lakes.

See also here.

Welsh osprey nest update


This video from Wales says about itself:

On 29th May, 2015, Monty and Glesni’s first chick hatched.

Here are 12 hours condensed into two minutes.

From the Dyfi Osprey Project blog in Wales:

2015 – First Chick Hatches!!

Posted 30-05-2015 by Emyr – MWT

Sometimes nature can be so unpredictable, yet at other times, you can almost set your watch to it.

This has been the case with Monty and Glesni in 2015. They arrived back from migration exactly on time, laid eggs exactly when we’d expect them too and bang on 37 days later, the first chick hatches from the first egg laid.

At first light on 29th May, 37 days after the first egg was laid, we were ready. So were the eggspectant parents. The early morning weather wasn’t good – wind and rain, but by early afternoon the sun was out and so were 300 visitors that came to see the first chick hatch at Dyfi Osprey Project. …

The official hatching time was 18:33 when the chick was completely out of its egg.

Many congratulations to Margaret Blakeley who won the Guess The hatching Competition – you had a time of 18:36 – just three minutes out. Second and third places go to Alan Aplin and Helen Edwards with times of 18:45 and 18:11 respectively. Please get in touch guys.

Lots more action to come over the weekend, but as I write this at 07:57 on Saturday morning, 30th May, Glesni is just feeding her chick for the first time; he seems to like flounder!

Let’s hope we get all three out – #Happy Days.

Oldest osprey ‘Lady’, when will she be back in Scotland?


This video from Scotland is called Loch of the Lowes Ospreys 2013 – 31 March 7.15 – Marge/Lady and Laddie.

From Wildlife Extra:

Trust asks public to guess Osprey arrival time to win a VIP experience

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has issued an invitation to guess when the famous female Osprey, known affectionately by many as ‘Lady’, will arrive back in Perthshire for a record-breaking 25th year.

The bird has returned to the Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, near Dunkeld to breed every year since 1991.

In that time she has laid 71 eggs and fledged 50 chicks, which possibly makes her Europe’s oldest and most prolific breeding Osprey.

As anticipation builds, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has launched a competition supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to guess when ‘Lady’ might arrive.

The winner of the competition will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime, VIP Osprey Experience at Loch of the Lowes plus an osprey adoption pack.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust Perthshire Ranger, Charlotte Fleming, says: “Excitement is growing at Loch of the Lowes as we approach the time when our resident female Osprey usually returns.

“Her earliest arrival was on 20 March 2009 and her latest arrival was on 7 April 1991 (the first year she ever appeared), so it really is anyone’s guess.

“Time and again, despite the odds, she has surprised us, so we remain hopeful she will be back again.

“The Scottish Wildlife Trust is encouraging people to keep an eye on the nest by visiting Scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/ospreycam, as she could arrive at any time.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, says: “Players are in love with the story of the female Osprey at Loch of the Lowes and that makes supporting this competition all the more special.

“Our players will be watching the ospreycam to make sure they don’t miss her return.”

Every year, the webcam on the nest attract over a million viewers from 96 different countries including: Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and Kuwait.

A special feature has been launched this season giving viewers a chance to receive behind-the-scenes insights from the team at Loch of the Lowes.

You can enter the People’s Postcode Lottery Osprey Countdown by visiting scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey-countdown.

See also here.

Osprey feeding, video


This is a video about an osprey feeding in the Netherlands.

Hans Stoel made the video.

Abaco ospreys: here.

USA: Bird Cams Viewer Spots Montana Ospreys in Texas: here.