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Improving its nest 😊

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Calm day for a change.

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Oh no, this is just too sad 

Oh goodness. I hope it was a 'natural' death.

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Female will now have to hunt for food/fish herself leaving egg in nest exposed to predators.

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Update re situation at Loch of the Lowes ...

Following the desperately sad loss of LM12, it has been encouraging to observe NC0 spending more time off the nest caring for herself by bathing and heading off on several fishing trips. The eggs have not been viable for several days now, after an extended period of exposure at night in the rain. Given that NC0 would not have been able to incubate them to hatching and raise any chicks without her mate, this was to be expected.

Since Thursday afternoon there have been two male intruders paying her attention and although NC0 has tolerated them sitting on top of the camera or the perch, she has seen them off as soon as they try to land on the nest.

One male has been a very distinctive darker bird, with an unusual large pupil in his right eye. The other bird is much paler, with markings on the back of his head similar to NC0’s ‘rocket’ at a distance. One of his distinctive features is the pretty ‘guy-liner’ at the edges of his eyes.

With NC0 having left the area this afternoon presumably on a fishing trip, this paler male landed on the nest at 14:18 and spent the next 35 minutes trying to nest scrape and kick out the eggs. He finally succeeded in flicking one out of the nest cup onto the edge, kicked another one clean out of the nest, and crushed the remaining one under his foot.

Believe it or not this is a good outcome for NC0, as it should help her now move on from periodically trying to incubate the eggs, and make her more receptive to accepting this new male. Should she decide to pair up with this new male, it will not only make it easier for her to retain and defend her territory, but also allow plenty of time for the pair to develop a strong bond for next season. Of course, it would help things along if this new male were to start woo-ing her with some fish.

It's early days yet though, and with lots of young osprey due to return into the country any day now, there could be a lot more interest in the nest and in NC0. We will have to see how things unfold in the coming days.














































Thanks for the update, hazlinny.

I know the situation is a sad one for the female, but this resolves the future for her for now.

If she accepts another male now, would there be time to raise another brood this summer ?
Probably too early to think about that now ....first she has to find another bloke 🦅

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We last wrote updating what had been happening on the nest on Tuesday evening, when the 'Pale Male' intruder came in and crushed one egg, flicked the other out of the nest and kicked the other onto the edge of the nest cup.

Later that evening NC0 returned to find her nest in disarray, rolled the remaining egg into the nest cup and attempted to incubate it for a short period, before leaving the nest for the night.

The 'Pale Male' returned early next morning (Wed 8th) and spent time rearranging the nest and bringing in sticks before finally crushing the final egg and flicking the remains clear out. Some time later he returned to defend the nest, loudly guard calling (chipping) and squealing at a sky dancing osprey (thought to be the 'Dark Intruder') overhead. He flew off the nest to give chase.

NC0 wasn't seen until later that evening when she returned to the nest, making a contact call on landing with an enormous fish. She then spent considerable time eating on the nest before flying with it out of sight, no doubt out of the eyes of hungry crows, one of which picked the nest clean later that evening.

Fast forward to today (Thursday 9th) and it was the turn of the 'Dark Intruder' (with the large right pupil) to spend time on the nest. We think at this point NC0 flew past round the Point with her fish, briefly pursued by the male, before he returned onto the nest again. It wasn't long before the 'Pale Male' put in an appearance and walloped the other osprey clean off the nest! The two were then seen chasing each other off reserve and as yet haven't been seen since.

Finally, at around 15:40 NC0 returned (without her huge fish) to her favoured 'Split Birch' perch, where she has been preening and digesting her large two-day meal .

Who knows what will happen in the next few days!?




Wow !! This is better than any soap opera 🥴

Thanks for the very comprehensive update hazlinny, I miss a lot more of the action when I'm sleeping 😴 

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Pleased you are enjoying it x

Incomer checking out the nest.  Beautiful evening up at Dunkeld.


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A lot has been happening in and around the osprey nest since the ‘Pale Male’ destroyed NC0’s eggs on the 7th and 8th May, and looked to be the dominant bird taking an interest in the territory. We last saw him on the webcam knocking off and chasing the ‘Dark Intruder’ from the nest on the morning of Thursday 9th.

We were surprised therefore to see the ‘Dark Intruder’ as the osprey who returned later the next day to lay claim to the nest. It has been frequently seen on the nest, chipping at passing overhead threats, preening on top of the webcam and generally hanging around the reserve since.

Meanwhile, NC0 has been sighted regularly on several of her favourite perches and haunts off camera including the ‘Split Birch’, which she successfully fished from last night. She has been eating well and at the time of writing is tucked away on a quiet perch eating a good-sized rainbow trout , which she looks to have caught herself.

Saturday 11th was a particularly interesting day, where the ‘Dark Intruder’ defended the nest on multiple occasions from the 'Pale Male'. However, later that afternoon a fish exchange was observed between an osprey (thought to be the ‘Pale Male’) and NC0 away from the nest. This osprey took off and left NC0 to her meal. It wasn’t long however before the ‘Dark Intruder’ landed next to her and began trying to beg for food and even tried to pull it from her! Eventually, a spectacular chase ensued and NC0 dropped her fish before landing on the nest, where she sat for some time.

Since then there appears to have been a cool ‘Entente Cordial’ between NC0 and the ‘Dark Intruder’, and both were seen on the nest this morning, with the ‘Dark Intruder’ even starting to rearrange the nest. Despite calling for fish all morning, the ‘Dark Intruder’ continued to preen on top of the webcam, before NC0 finally went off to hunt for herself, returning with the large rainbow trout mentioned above.

Once again we witnessed the ‘Dark Intruder’ trying to solicit food from her, before finally heading off presumably to fish for themselves, or perhaps finally impress her with a catch!

It's fascinating viewing, and a complex jigsaw puzzle we are trying to piece together. There are bound to be other twists and turns, and potentially another swing in the dominance of the two osprey interested in the territory, which could be made even more interesting with the return of two-year olds returning to the country for the first time!

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