Wildlife Diary Sunday 8th July

It’s been a lovely, still day here with occasional glimpses of sun and longer glimpses of rain. There have been three fish deliveries on the Osprey nest so far today, a Brown Trout, a Pike and a Rainbow Trout, with our male taking the Pike out of the Lowes straight in front of the hides. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him do that so it was an extra treat to see.  Both the Brown Trout and Pike were quite small but the Rainbow Trout was a good size. She had been calling to him while he was sitting on a nearby tree until he eventually disappeared. We then saw him with a fish which he ate all himself before fishing and returning to the nest with Blue 44 and our female’s dinner. Blue 44 is doing a lot of preening as he removes the juvenile downy feathers to make way for the adult feather and he’s really looking like an adult osprey, it’s not unusual for people in the hides to confuse him with his father.

 

Blue 44 - Ready for my close up

Elsewhere on the loch a Striped Ladybird, juvenile Moorhen, female Red Damselfly and several juvenile Tufted Duck were all seen. Our two Great Crested Grebe chicks have been riding around on their parent’s back being fed fish and feathers. Feather eating is a strange habit only found in the Grebe family, no-one’s quite sure why they do it but it seems to help with digestion.

Striped Ladybird

 

Today we also said goodbye to Bryan Turnbull, one of our Species Protection Officers, who’s returning to his native Cumbria for a new job. Bryan’s been involved with pretty much everything around the reserve and visitor centre, as well as reaching things off high shelves for Emma and myself who are considerably shorter, and will be greatly missed. Blog followers will know that many of the photos we’ve used on the blog have come from Bryan so as a wee farewell from us we thought we’d share one of our favourite of his photos again when he caught and an Osprey, Buzzard and Red Kite all playing on the thermals together. The Osprey is at the top, the Buzzard in the middle and the Red Kite at the bottom. Thanks Bryan!

Lindsey

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It’s been a lovely, still day here with occasional glimpses of sun and longer glimpses of rain. There have been three fish deliveries on the Osprey nest so far today, …

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