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Young Northumberland Kielder ospreys continue to grow, explore surroundings

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The ospreys in their nest at Kielder

The ospreys in their nest at Kielder

Northumberland Kielder Ospreys update

This year’s Kielder osprey chicks grow as the days pass by and develop confidence week on week. They have been spotted flying on and off the nests and catching fish, as well as enjoying meals with the parent ospreys.

Last week, one of the ospreys was spotted gliding past on the way to the reservoir to fish. By the time it came out the other side of the trees it had  been in the water and had caught a fish!

The osprey flew in an arc towards nest number one, and was completely cool when a nearby kestrel took a look at the catch. He dropped onto the nest briefly before flying off towards the north end of the lake. A few minutes later an osprey chick landed on the nest for a snack.

It then flew down onto a branch of the nest tree, and then up onto the camera pole. An female adult was in a tree to the right. So clearly she has not yet started her migration. Soon, in a matter of minutes she was joined by the youngster.

On next two the a young male was tucking into a fish. At one point his mother was on the nest too. Both nests, particularly next one, are now empty for long periods. With the weather becoming more unsettled again, the ospreys are more likely to shelter in trees than stay on the nest.

The youngsters on both nests will be starting to think about exploring the water a bit more as it is now only about a month before they will have to be fully independent.

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