Good Morning Everyone
Well what an exciting day it was yesterday, watching Blue44 really taking off of the nest now with his vertical lifts, and more edge of the seat and nail biting stuff for us again. At one point yesterday, I think Blue44 was showing off a little, when he tried to jump/fly towards the edge of the nest and almost went right over, but managed to hold on just in time. Well at 8 weeks old tonight. Is he going to take that leap of faith and fledge today? I have a funny feeling he might just do it today or tomorrow, but only Blue44 knows when he will !
May I also take this opportunity to thank you for the lovely thoughts and wishes for the loss of my beautiful Meg. You have no idea just how much you lot mean to me. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you xx
Nestcap Sunday 15th July 2012 Fish Deliveries – 6
01.23 Lady sitting up on her perch watching Blue44. Actually he seems to be snoozing with his head down on his chest – occasionally shaking his head about. Looks a bit uncomfortable! He’s getting to be very grown up now so won’t be long before he takes his first tentative flight! 04.01 Been very quiet on the nest and now getting very light. Lady and Blue44 awake and both have a stretch. Lady has just flown off now 05.01 Day Camera switches over now 05.06 Laddie flies in with a Fish Delivery and Lady flies straight in at the back of him and takes the fish. Laddie flies off 05.36 Lady flies off 06.33 Laddie’s in with another Fish Delivery, then mantles. Lady arrives back on the nest and takes the fish from him and starts feeding Blue44 06.35 Laddie flies off now 06.47 Lady is here and she is feeding Blue44 and so I have probably missed a fish delivery. 06.52 Lady’s off 07.58 Blue44 Take his first big leap into the air 08.14 Blue44 almost there and goes out of view from the camera 08.26 Lady’s back 08.32 Fish Delivery 08.33 Laddie’s off now 08.36 Blue44 did a couple of ‘helicoper’ flights and disappeared off camera. Not long now till he fledges. 08.58 The wind has got up at the Lowes and Blue44 is flapping at the back while Lady finishes the fish. 09.05 Lady flies off, then straight back again 09.34 HD Camera switched on now 09.44 Lady is off now 11.03 Just caught Blue44 doing some serious wing flapping. 11.15 Lady flies in and does a spot of housework 11.45 Lady flies off as Blue44 lifts of off nest again, he’s getting higher and higher 11.46 Lady is back again 11.50 Lady and Blue44 watching something in the sky. Lady starts to mantle and alarm call, Intruder about. 11.52 Lady mantling and cheeping and Blue44 is also mantling in his own sweet way copying Lady. Laddie flies in now
11.57 Laddie flies off 12.26 Laddie’s back and Blue44 chirping/shouting at him 12.59 Lady flies off 13.03 Lady flies in chirping 14.06 Large Live fish delivery. Laddie lets go and it flaps around the nest. Blue44 gets hold of it in talon and Lady with her beak, then a tug of war ensues. Lady won and is now feeding Blue44. Laddie flew off and left them to it! 14.40 Blue44 was AIRBORNE! 16.38 Lady flies in mantling and alarm calling followed closely by Laddie who has a large fish with him. They both mantled for a while
16.39 Laddie flew off with fish, Lady continues to alarm call and mantle
16.44 Lady flies off 16.54 Lady shouting for the fish Laddie flew off with 17.17 Laddie arrives back with large headless fish, Lady takes it and feeds Blue44. Laddie moving branches about and cleaning his beak.
17.21 He flies of 19.25 Lowes update – explains the intruder episode: http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/ 20.24 Laddie has just brought in half a fish but honestly my picture is so appalling I can hardly make out what’s happening – I think Lady has the fish and Laddie is playing at housekeeping 20.32 Laddie lands and is alarm calling and looking around. 20.33 Laddie flies off again. 21.00 Lady has had a good feed but Rocket didn’t seem that interested. Laddie has just arrived and it was lovely to see them all on the nest together – can’t be for much longer – time to just enjoy them. Both adults have flown 23.30 Blue44 sleeping now with his head tucked under his wing, just like Mum does. Lady doing a spot of preening before bedtime A couple of clips of Blue44 Blue44 almost falls over the edge
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