As you can see from the pics the Ospreys have three well grown juveniles, on Sunday I was out at 7.30 am the rain had finished from yesterday and the wind and sun were not spoiling telescoping, so i was able to get some reasonable pics. As I've said before a photographer would not offer these pics on the internet, but I'm not trying to win a prize just show three well grown juvs. Like some tabloids some people might consider I'm making it up hacking into smart phone pictures or the like. My farmer friends suggested the famous wildlife artist Keith Brockie ringed these osprey chicks last Saturday, well he is part of the Tay ringing group and has rung juvs from this eyrie before. I watched the Ospreys for almost 2 hours, when all that happened was a parent bird moved from the eyrie to the top of a nearby tree. Naturally all this happened when I was identifying the churring feeding contact call as that of long tailed tits, so did the male arrive atop the tree and she in disgust went fishing? or did she move from eyrie to tree top ? Well I can separate them as male and female but to be sure I need to see the chest, as she is much browner, I can do it from the head crest but only when they are together. A bird on the eyrie then on top of a tree both with their back to me is guesswork. I was hanging around to see a fish delivered and get shots of the three chicks, but I managed that without a fish meal delivery. The tide was high but I had not spent much time harrier watching in the past weeks, so after 2 hours of Osprey non action I moved to scan the estuary. Tripod down binos up and immediately a juv marsh harrier, put scope on it and followed it's path along the far reed beds near to trees, in the binos there was two and with the scope I fleetingly got two as well. I moved from the juv marsh harrier to what i considered an adult female marsh harrier, till it semi hovered. This was an Osprey and after three hovers it dived obliquely into the river and emerged semi dry with a fish, not very big but a catch nevertheless. Was this "my" missing Osprey? by moving my position meant I can't see the Osprey's eyrie, The fish carrying Osprey was harried both by a gull then a juv harrier, it chose a dead tree to land on and began feeding. So I'm thinking if this is "my" Osprey when it stops feeding and takes to the air if I hoof it to my usual Osprey position I will see the hungriest or biggest juv feeding with two adults present. Well of course after hoofing it past my bovine pals the scene was the same ! I know Ospreys nest in loose colonies and have searched (from the same spot) the best prospective trees for another eyrie, to no avail. But this feeding Osprey left without finishing the fish and was not part of "my" eyrie, if it put a part fish on the eyrie, and just left,  after at least two hours without the juvs having food they would have been on it or at least declaring it as theirs, ie they would have been on it. I did not see where the feeding Osprey went as Mr Farmer arrived and it would not have been in my interest to ignore him and continually watch the feeding Osprey, would not have been polite either! I believe the diving and feeding osprey had an eyrie near by and I need to spend more time looking for the activities of other Osprey juvs. Oh with all this bird business, I successfully identified a smooth sow-thistle and a hydrophilid (dung beetle) hence the pics. The Sow thistle was where I park the car next to a wall, it's not a difficult plant to ID, I usually need my wife to help IDs as she is trained in horticulture, when I pointed out my accomplishments without her aide, I was escorted to our garden where I had been walking past a sow-thistle for weeks !!

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