Loch of the Lowes (Scotland) Osprey

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Post by Ferenz » June 13th, 2019, 7:35 pm

Loch of the Lowes, Scotland

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Post by Ferenz » June 16th, 2019, 5:15 pm

Loch Arkaig, Scotland: Lots of fish & healthy chicks

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Post by Birdfriend » June 17th, 2019, 9:57 pm

Loch Arkaig

Where are the chicks...? :innocent: :D Louis lays down alongside Aila, so nice to see.
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Post by Ferenz » June 25th, 2019, 3:55 pm

Loch Arkaig, Scotland

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Post by Birdfriend » June 27th, 2019, 7:05 pm

Loch Arkaig

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Aila spents shadow for her chicks. :2thumbsup:
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Post by Ferenz » June 28th, 2019, 12:35 pm

Loch of the Lowes, Scotland: 26 June 2019 - Meet PT4 and PT5

What a cracker of a day for the annual ringing of the young osprey chicks!

The team at Lowes could not have asked for better weather; calm, warm and not a breath of wind, perfect for the tricky job of ascending the tree by local licensed and experienced raptor ringer Keith Brockie. The young birds even had an early feed – or ‘breakfish’ – ready for the day ahead.

Keith has decades of experience and the chicks were safe in his hands. Once he had ascended the tree the ringing process itself took only a mere 12 minutes! Ringing on the nest not only speeds up the process, but minimises the disturbance to both chicks and adults.

The chicks’ natural instinct is to play dead as soon as they hear their parents’ alarm calling, which makes handling the birds much easier. The chicks are further calmed by placing a piece of dark material – in this case Keith’s ringing gillet – over the birds. All that is required to secure the ring is to gently coax out each leg.

In Scotland ospreys are ringed with a coloured ‘Darvic’ ring on their left leg, whereas ospreys from England and Wales receive their coloured ring on their right leg. A smaller metal BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) ring is then attached to the other leg.

This code is used to register the bird into a UK-wide database. Along with the ‘Darvic’ code it is unique to each bird. This year our chicks have been ringed as Blue PT4 and Blue PT5.

The wingspan of each bird was also recorded, with PT4 measuring 390mm and PT5 coming in at 380mm.

Sexing the birds is always based on a ringer’s judgement and experience, however one indicator that is fairly accurate is observing the fit of the ring. Female birds have much thicker leg bones at the time of ringing than the males. Keith’s observations this year indicate that we potentially have two young males on the nest.


https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/20 ... 4-and-pt5/

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Newly ringed young ospreys PT5 and PT4 © Keith Brockie

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Post by Ferenz » July 7th, 2019, 10:32 am

Loch Arkaig, Scotland:

Two Girls both chicks now weigh in at 1.49kg


https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2 ... ks-ringed/

Chicks JJ0 & JJ2 lying doggo after ringing, each poops

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Post by Birdfriend » July 7th, 2019, 11:22 pm

Ferenz thank you for sharing the news about Loch Arkaig :wave:
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Post by Birdfriend » July 20th, 2019, 6:10 pm

Loch Arkaig

Thank you to all who voted for their favourite names! It was pretty close but Mallie and Rannoch are the names you've chosen followed very closely by Jojo and Juniper.

Beautiful youngsters, soon the will left their nest...
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Post by Ferenz » July 21st, 2019, 3:39 pm

20 July 2019 - JJ0 Mallie fledges, first to Robin's perch,
fells off, tries once more, fells down again and succeeds
with 3rd attempt >>>
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https://community.rspb.org.uk/placestov ... nt-4292=40

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JJ 2 Rannoch’s face as her sister took off

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Post by Birdfriend » July 29th, 2019, 12:05 am

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Tandem eating: :2thumbsup:
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Aila and Louis raised successful two chicks for the first time, it's great to see this nice family.
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Post by Ferenz » August 4th, 2019, 11:41 am

Loch Arkaig: Fish delivery by DaD

JJ0 Rannoch wins the tag of war... JJ2 Mallie is 2nd and has to wait


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Post by Ferenz » August 4th, 2019, 11:43 am

JJ0 Rannoch covering & eating her breakfish

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Post by Ferenz » August 4th, 2019, 11:48 am

JJ2 Mallie is looking for her chance & steels Rannochs' fish

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Post by Ferenz » August 7th, 2019, 11:14 am

LOTL-Juvie PT4

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Post by Ferenz » August 7th, 2019, 11:41 am

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02 August 2019 - Farewell LF15, our beautiful Female Osprey

Our beautiful female osprey, LF15, has not been seen at Lowes since last Sunday. We have been keeping a close watch on the Loch and on all her usual perches and have decided that now is the time to confirm she has left on migration.

Since her two chicks (now large, hungry juveniles) fledged, she had been keeping her distance from the nest, encouraging their independence. She passed her days calmly sitting on her favourite trees preening, bathing in the loch and taking flights to build her strength and gain condition for her own long journey south. Last week, she disappeared from view for a few days and we were on the verge of deciding she was away, but then she returned!

Female ospreys leave the family group first: their part of the breeding season is done. Last year, she left us on 8th August so this is a comparatively early departure. The male, LM12, is still here to provide fish for the two juveniles while they hone their own flying and fishing skills.

What a wonderful season of osprey watching LF15 has given us. We are truly privileged to protect her and watch her tend her growing family during their time in Scotland.

Keep safe LF15 you have done a wonderful job protecting and rearing PT4 and PT5. You will be missed but, rest assured, next Spring we will be eagerly scanning the sky with hopes for your return.

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https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/20 ... le-osprey/

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