Aug 20th by Ian under Bird Watching


20/8 /2017, not knowing if the ospreys had moved on south I went at what I thought was low tide as the juvs often mess around on the river. Stupidly 12.30 was high tide not low tide! however the juvs were on the eyrie, one on the perch and one on the nest, the perch one pictured here is I believe a male and the perch is usually occupied by the larger female who tried and succeeded once to dislodge him. He however got back first to the perch and remained there. The other two pictures are of the two of them the best I could get as the male earlier when I arrived was on the nest begging for food and behind the perch upright. The adult female I assume has gone and I had no sight of the male during a 3 hour watch, the juvs when I left were calling for food nearly continuously. Need to read if the adult male leaves and the juvs follow, I don't think so but you never know with birds. The juv female joined the male earlier in the watch to fly around the estuary, the male dived at the water while the female "crash" landed chest first in it, I concluded the female was washing as on return to the perch she was obviously wet and preened like a bird possessed.

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