Another quiet and routine day on our Osprey nest at Loch of the Lowes- just as we like it! Incubation of the four precious eggs continues and both our male and female doing their duty, and swift changeovers between them to ensure the eggs are never exposed to the cool breeze or rain for long.
The male spent quite a time today on the loch side trees opposite the hide, watching for fish. Sitting on the tree we affectionately call the ‘boingy branch’, he could be clearly seen moving his head from side to side in the distinctive way that means he is trying to focus on something underwater.
The eventually brought in a HUGE headless Pike this afternoon about 3.15pm, which shows he has not lost his penchant for testing himself against the biggest fish in the loch.
Around the loch, there seems to have been a lot of spring change suddenly this week: the first Primroses and Cowslips are in bloom here, the first Swifts have been seen flying overhead, and the first Orange Tip and Peacock butterflies too. It is really noticeable how many of our trees have suddenly sprung into leaf and our woods are awash with delicate fresh green foliage.
Lastly today another great photograph by another of our visitors at the reserve Len Watson- this time a great shot of our two resident birds in the air over the nest which is a wonderful image I am sure you’ll agree. Thanks Len!