Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Male Osprey taking on his role as "Man of the nest"

Osprey incubating at the nest in Tweed Valley
One of our Ospreys incubating at the nest
 Things are going really well for our parents to be in Tweed Valley.

The pair have spent the first part of the incubation season going off to hunt for themselves and then taking it in turns to incubate the eggs.

They seem to have a system all worked out and operate a rota which keeps the whole egg incubation period running as a slick operation.

Things have changed this week though - a slight shift in behaviour - the male (White leg ring SS) has started to hunt for his lady!

Female osprey sets of with our male's latest catch
Female osprey sets of with
our male's latest catch

He has been spotted bringing in headless fish and delivering the substantial body to
the female at the nest.

He must be catching the fish, then perching up close by and feeding on the nutritious brains before passing his bounty over to the female once she is ready for a swap over at the nest.

She takes the fish and flies off with it while he settles down into a spot of incubation duty.

Signs of a great team at work as we edge closer to the appearance of some new chicks.


  1. When will the website cam be up and running ?

    1. Hi There

      We have plans in place to have a web cam for Tweed Valley. However we are awaiting confirmation of when this will be installed. We will keep you posted of any developments.

      Best Regards


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