Keen eyed viewers of our web cam spotted a very unusual visitor in the early hours of this morning. A bright shining orb could be seen hovering above the nest. What was it? Had the fame of our Ospreys spread beyond our own planet? The Loch of the Lowes Team for Extra-terrestrial Activity (T.E.A) swung into action by putting the kettle on and pondering the evidence. The team grew in size through out the day as other members of T.E.A. turned up with cake and biscuits to see us through the tough challenge. After much examination, discussion, tea drinking and cake eating we realised our Osprey nest had indeed attracted a curious visitor…
…but perhaps not from another galaxy. The shining orb is the abdomen of an insect that is on the camera lens. The light from the camera has reflected off the insect making it glow brightly and appear rather unearthly.
T.E.A. are stood down for now waiting for next time they’re needed, in the meantime we’re watching Blue 44 tuck into his afternoon meal, a Perch provided by his dad.
With the Ospreys beginning to leave for their migration so do our seasonal staff and today we said goodbye to David Mylan, who was a member of both our Reserve and Visitor Centre teams. David often did the early Osprey watch shift, thawed out and then came in and did a full shift in the Visitor Centre and he was also keeper of the fish totals. He will be greatly missed and we wish him well for the future.