Each year, the ospreys at Loch Garten have people across the world gripped in their tale of violence, adultery and... well... fishing.
This year's diary, written by the Osprey Information Assistants at the Loch Garten Osprey Centre, picks up the saga where we left off.
We update the blog at least twice a week - more often when there's high drama here. We hope you enjoy reading as the nest-side story unfolds...
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There will be a catch up blog this evening.... but until then. Let me know when you think Nethy will take her first flight. To give you a few clues.
In the 50 years of the Loch Garten nest the average fledging time (for the first born chick) is 52 days, the shortest 49 and the longest 59.
Nethy hatched out on 24th May
SO.... simple blog comment required Date and either AM or PM.... No prizes, just something to keep you interested until this evening's blog, and the self satisfactory pat on the back if you get it right
I think 16th July....AM - but what do I know?
Anybody know how many male Ospreys it takes to change a lightbulb?
Just before noon, Mum flew off and they both watched her fly round. Then they both stood and had a really good flapping and jumping session. So difficult to describe watching them, you want them to go, but at the same time you are on edge fearful for them. Absolutely compulsive viewing.
Not looking too likely for this morning. All quiet on the nest. My £10 donation will stand whether I'm right or wrong (I've opted for 2.45 today). It's been fascinating watching the nest - from waiting for the first egg to appear, rejoicing when all three hatched, mourning Little 3 (who my cuddly osprey toy is named after) and been mersmerised by the antics of Nethy and Deshar. Can't wait to see the first flight, hope it happens when I'm watching.
It was great to visit the nest site again and see the birds doing so well, also the red squarel obviously has her young tucked away as well.
First chick away I reckon the 15th a.m, have watched them for hours on end on the live cam I think both of them have already taken off, jumping up and down and execising the wings even mum got bashed by the massive out spread wings.
Also good to see that they are having a go at the fish for them selves,
lets hope they have a safe trip to Africa and that one day they will be seen again healthy and breeding in what is a wonderful part of the UK.
Just seen Tweed Valley Osprey images. Aren't they superb? Compared with these, Nethy seems to have a very yellow eye. Haven't been able to have a good close look at Deshar's but it doesn't show up as much as Nethy's