Osprey update – 10th August 2016

We’ve seen all of our osprey family today so there are still no departures at present. As I write all three chicks are on the nest, perhaps in anticipation of a fish delivery from LM12?

He was seen earlier this morning in tandem with the female (LF15) chasing off an intruding osprey that got too close to the nest. Since then LM12 has been sitting in the skeleton tree – a dead tree far over towards Craiglush as you look out from the hides.

Earlier in the week we were sent some great photos taken at the weekend by visiting photographer Steve Earle. Steve has very kindly given us permission to share them with you. Below is just a small selection of some of the images.

Get off my nest! ©Steve Earle
Get off my nest! ©Steve Earle
Osprey fishing ©Steve Earle
Osprey fishing ©Steve Earle
Fallow Deer ©Steve Earle
Fallow Deer ©Steve Earle
Young Great-crested Grebe ©Steve Earle
Young Great-crested Grebe ©Steve Earle

News from Africa

Having relocated to the Bintang bolon near Kassange, FR3 has settled down in the Gambia again over the past couple of weeks, with only localised movements around this expansive wetland area.

FR3's movement between 24th July and 9th August 2016
FR3’s movement between 24th July and 9th August 2016

There appear to be a few favoured roost sites within the central floodplain plus a couple on the edge. It should be noted however that the satellite image shown was taken in March so the floodplain may well be far more extensive that it appears.

Jonathan

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