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.

English osprey’s autumn migration

This video from the USA is called Osprey Migration: New Hampshire to The Amazon.

From Rutland Ospreys in England:

She’s off – 1000km in two days!

By Tim on September 2, 2014

As Kayleigh reported earlier today, things have been turning distinctly autumnal at Rutland Water in the past few days. One by one the Ospreys have been heading south, and we now know that our satellite-tagged bird, 30(05) is one of them. The latest data from her satellite transmitter shows that at 6am this morning, 30 was in northern Spain, 20 kilometres to the east of San Sebastiàn having set-off from Rutland on Sunday morning.

We don’t know exactly what time 30 left the Rutland Water area on Sunday, but it must have been fairly early because at 10am her transmitter showed that she was in northern Buckinghamshire, midway between Banbury and Milton Keynes, flying purposefully south at an altitude of 550 metres. She made excellent progress over the next four hours, continuing south through Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire at altitudes of between 500 and 1000 metres. By 2pm she had flown 151 km in four hours and was 1230 metres above the Isle of Wight with the English Channel in her sights. She made light work of the crossing to France and by 6pm GMT she was flying south through Lower Normandy. She eventually settled to roost for the night on the edge of a small wood, 55km west of Le Mans after a day’s flight of at least 520 kilometres.

Next morning 30 was on the move at first light because at 7am local time (6am GMT) she was already 46km south of her overnight roost site, and was flying due south at 31kph. She paused briefly on the edge of a small copse at 8am, but by 9am she was on the wing again, passing over the River Loire soon afterwards. Four hours later she was passing just to the west of La Rochelle at an altitude of 1500 metres. She had already covered 210 kilometres but was showing no signs of letting-up. Using the west coast of France to guide her, 30 flew another 290 kilometres during the afternoon and by 7pm she was just north of the town of Capbreton in the south of France. On Google Earth the area around Capbreton looks good for fishing and by 9pm 30 had settled for the evening in a forested area just north of Ondres having almost certainly caught a fish in one of the nearby lakes. Over the course of the day she had flown another 510 kilometres; another excellent day’s migration.

This morning 30 was on the move early again. Like the previous day, she had already flown another 40km by 7am local time, passing Biarritz and then across the Spanish border. By this evening she may well be close to Madrid. It will be fascinating to see how far she has flown when the next batch of data comes in.

Don’t forget that you can also view 30′s migration on your own version of Google Earth. To find out how, click here.

100th young osprey fledges in Loch Garten, Scotland

This video from Scotland is called RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Highlights 2013.

From Wildlife Extra:

Osprey 100 takes off from Loch Garten

The 100th osprey to fledge from Loch Garten Osprey Centre in the Scottish Highlands has taken to the air after days of vigorous flapping to strengthen her flight muscles.

Millicent, the name RSPB staff gave the fledgling, didn’t venture very far for her first flight said Richard Thaxton, RSPB Scotland Osprey Centre Manager.

“She just circled around the nest before alighting in the adjacent dead tree just a matter of metres away. It was huge relief to see both her first take off and first landing completed successfully.”

Millicent’s two siblings, Seasca and Druie are expected to follow suit in the coming days. The young ospreys will spend the next month in or around the nest area until they depart on an annual migration to wintering grounds in Africa.

Ospreys first returned to breed in Scotland 60 years ago following extinction due to egg collectors and other forms of persecution. The first pair to return nested at the nature reserve and the site has been used by ospreys ever since.

Richard said: “It was a magical moment to see Millicent airborne for the first time. It happens every year of course but this time it was particularly special, as she is the 100th chick to fledge from the nest since the birds first returned in the late 1950s.

“It is a magnificent milestone in the huge conservation success story for Scotland. It was a proud moment for all involved in the project, both past & present.”

Keen osprey watchers can keep up to date with all the action in the nest via a live webcam and regular blog updates from Osprey Centre staff.