Wildlife Diary Monday 3rd September

Bad news on the webcam front. Lindsay, our volunteer camera technician who looks after all our kit, has been working on the cameras all day, but they’re not going to be fixed anytime soon. Storm damage has broken a critical component for the webcam feed – it’s expensive to fix and unfortunately we don’t currently have the funds to replace it. We’ll do our best to get the feed live again before our birds head off but will need to raise £1,000 to do it. If you’d like to help you can visit our donate now page. In the meantime we’ll post photos and videos when we can.

We’ve had our latest batch of satellite tracking data which shows, guess what? That Blue 44 still isn’t going far from the nest and is sticking to his favoured spots.

Perhaps its not a surprise he isn’t going far as his father seems determined to stuff him full of fish. After keeping us waiting for his 400th fish delivery yesterday, our male seems to determined to bring in as many fish as possible. This morning at around 9am he brought in a huge headless Brown Trout. Blue 44 spent about an hour eating it before it disappeared. He has a habit of dropping the remains of a fish when he’s in flight. Then at around 11am he was back on the nest shouting for more fish and dad duly obliged. It’s not exactly encouraging him to fish for himself. Just to prove he does actually do some flying around, here’s a couple of cracking photos taken by Keith Edmunds.

Blue 44 in flight – copyright Keith Edmunds

…and another

Blue 44 in flight – copyright Keith Edmunds

On the Squirrel front Brown Tail, Skinny Tail, White Tip and Blonde and Black Tail have all been in today. As I was walking to the hides I stopped to watch Skinny Tail as I could see she was up to something. Little did I know White Tip was right behind me and promptly landed on the tree right beside me before running off. Skinny Tail then proceeded to run straight towards me, dodging round my feet before heading off towards the feeder. Now that’s a wildlife experience!

We loved this photo of Brown Tail in action, sent in by Linda Wilson. Looks like she’s in a hurry to get to the nuts.

Brown Tail in a hurry – copyright Linda Wilson

Out on the loch our juvenile Tufted Duck are continuing with their dazzling displays of synchronised diving, while the Mallards had a good wash and brush up.

Lindsey

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Bad news on the webcam front. Lindsay, our volunteer camera technician who looks after all our kit, has been working on the cameras all day, but they’re not going to …

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