On Saturday our male brought in the first eel catch of the season. This is a very unusual event as they rarely catch eels so it was exciting to see the male bringing something different to the nest. The last time the male brought in an eel, in 2007, the male arrived at the nest with it held in only one set of talons so it was wriggling about excessively in attempt to free itself from the ospreys razor sharp grasp. Once released, the eel wrapped itself around all three chicks and the male struggled to keep it under control. In a last ditch attempt the male grabbed the eel by the tail with one set of his talons and grasped its head with the other then ripped the head off which killed the eel instantly and provided a great feast for the osprey family. The chicks have had the delight of experiencing eel for the first time and they are still doing great.
Our feeders are back out and the birds are coming back so hopefully we will not have another reoccurrence of the parasite infection and we can continue to view these spectacular birds at the viewing window.
We had an interesting sighting on the loch in the late hours of the evening when an unidentified animal was spotted fishing in the loch. We have as yet no idea what it could have been and it continues to be a mystery so if anybody sees something out the ordinary on the loch we would love to know.