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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Caledonia has started being a wee bit more adventurous in her travels roosting away from the canal site on 15 and 19 September.
15 Sept: She travelled over Seville ca. 10 km N of her (up to now) regular overnight roost site to an area near a small town called La Alguba which is N of Seville. She roosted overnight on the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir. 16 Sept: She travelled further N for 2.5 km still on the Rio then quickly turned to travel 15 km S to Seville before returning to her regular overnight site on the Canal. 17 Sept: Another day of sightseeing. She travelled ca. 12 km E of the Canal site to a planted area W of Torre Palma before roosting overnight on the Rio Guadaira, W of Alcala De Guadaira and near another industrial site.
Is this longer range exploring her in training for moving further south into Africa? Watch this space!
Alba has not done more that 5 km travelling between the mainland and the islands off the coast of Senegal.
15 and 16 Sept. Spend all day on one of the small islands S of the main island where she roosted over night on 15 Sept. 16 Sept. She moved to her regular overnight roost on the mainland. 17 Sept she returned to the small island S of the large island to roost overnight.
More news on the girls on Friday, plus any Rez catch-ups. I'm just back from a few days away at a gathering of UK-wide reserve wardens and other site staff, so no bird sightings / reserve snippets this time around.
There has been a Google Earth update tonight, and all seems with for both girls. I have posted some screenshots here:
Richard - I think one of the errors we had last year, has crept into Caledonia's tracking. From her final point on the 19th, her route seems to go off to the Equator and then Ethiopia!
Thank you Richard for update .
Sandra this is the link to Beatrice who spends her winters in Spain www.roydennis.org/.../beatrice so maybe Caley will do the same , guess we will find out soon
Interesting reading about Stan and the Ospreys on Cape Verde - wonder if Bynack is there ???
Thanks Richard. SANDRA, I believe that Beatrice, one of Roy Dennis' birds regularly overwinters in Spain.
Thanks Richard. Cally is keeping us guessing still.
Stan the Roy Dennis tracked osorey made it to the Cape Verde Islands.
Thanks Richard. So good to hear all is well still when other osprey's have had or are having problems. We are so fortuntae to have 2 beautiful ospreys to follow and of couse we all want them BOTH to return to Scotland one day.
Thanks Richard good to know once again Caledonia and Alba are just fine and now Caledonia is exploring the are more she will possibly move on soon.
Thanks Richard. Have any Osprey wintered in Spain instead of going to Africa
Richard, many thanks for the update -- very interesting to know these details about the girls' movements. I'm still wondering whether Alba managed to fish during her journey southwards or if she started fishing only once she reached the wintering site... any idea?
Thanks for the update in your busy schedule, Richard, much appreciated. Cally is intriguing, choosing to spend so much time in and around those polluted waters but she obviously likes it there :-)
Thank you Richard for the latest news on Alba and Caledonia.
Hope you enjoyed the few days away allbeit on sort of official business.