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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Like you, we too are now getting to grips with the re-vamped new lay-out and system involved in this super-duper new RSPB Community web page. This is the first opportunity to place a blog for a few days, so please bear with us until we each get to grips with it.
Firstly, sorry we've not been in touch/writing blogs/answering questions/publishing comments, but these scheduled changes to the web page came on the back of the technical difficulties that we were having. Anyway, hopefully all is resolved now.
The birds are fine. All three of the osprey sisters have now fledged, as you know. Really disappointed for you, that you missed some of it due to those problems, but the good news is that they are all doing very well so far. They are not venturing far at this stage, just to the dead tree adjacent to the nest, though some early tracking data shows that Rothes is getting curious and heading out just that little bit further, but no where major as yet.
We have had 7 fish brought in today by both EJ and Odin, with EJ bringing in the bigger fish, some real whoppers, as explained in a previous blog post. All chicks are showing signs of independence, squabbling for fish when it arrives, grabbing it and eating it themselves. EJ was on the receiving end of some teenage tantrum behaviour this afternoon, when Garten had a pop at her mum, grabbing her head in frustration.
Alas the weather hasn't improved significantly, rain rain and more rain, but we have been busy with visitors - as we are an indoor thing to do on such days. July is a very busy month for us and the team have been at full-stretch meeting and greeting our visitors, telling the osprey story answering questions and recruiting new RSPB members. This afternoon the team made their 400th new member of the season, which is a magnificent achievement and a well-deserved milestone for all their hard work. They'll probably celebrate by having some cake! Talking of which, can I ask (on behalf of the team) that you ease up, for a while at least, on your very kind donations of cake and chocolate. Such has been your generosity that we can hardly keep on top of it all, even when we divvy-up amongst our trusty volunteers too. Your kindness towards us has been overwhelming, thank you, but for now we could do with a breather from cake. Our thanks to all of you who have come to see us, especially those bearing gifts of all sorts, not just cakes. You'll know who you are. Much appreciated.
5 a.m. UK time. Late clocking in today - was watching a documentary on bee colony collapse. Anyway, empty nest at LG right now.... but looks like it might be a bright day?
Oh Dear! Sat down to catch up on blog and explore the site a bit more - got immersed and forgot I had tomorrows lunch on the stove till I heard a banging noise from the kitchen - burnt pan and ruined lunch! Still, goes to show how good this all is.
Paula change pages LOL
21.52 and Garten has finally finished eating and after a few flaps (all that extra weight) she's just taken off leaving the nest empty...apart from one unfinished fish.
It's taken me ages to read all the replies today as I didn't get a chance to earlier. Phew...
Can I also thank whoever was on zoom control yesterday. Fantastic viewing from our end...brilliant, thank you :) Please come again!
MAUREEN Yes thanks I find it a wee bit odd 'cos we are most of us all friends anyway without it having to be in black and white THe Love of Birds and Nature make us so!! Even without knowing the staff at LG we all know them as friends!! You know what I mean
That fish is ginormous ::)))
I have just seen Garten eating a huge fish!! 9.33 Who gave it to him>
that massive fish is still being eaten (9.30pm)
I think it is Garton tucking in
9.15pm Looks like Mallachie has now joined Garten - that fish is lasting very well. x
9:15 UK Time. Good grief. Who is that with the whale?
9.09pm Is that Garten feeding all alone on the nest? Can't see any aerial - or have I got it completely wrong!!! Made me laugh when the fish seemed to get tangled in her feet! :o) Been watching little "hobbit" also today - really cute and such large feet! Decided to change my avatar which I hope will now be my lovely dog Ember! :o) Fingers crossed. Really, really like this new page xx
Yippee I've made it. Birds all look beautiful.Good fun all of us getting together again.
8.24pm.....That must have been some size of fish. Mallallie/Rothes flew of and Garten is now eating large leftovers.
TISH have you tried the friends thing yet? It's easy.
Has anybody else noticed that when Mrs Hobby turns her head 180 degrees she still looks like she's facing you :))
garten has given up. What a whopper of a fish!!
8:24 p.m. in UK. Love to see them just glide away - you get a real feel for the power and grace....