English website in progress
In the past two weeks, the two young ospreys filmed by RTE have now taken flight.
But this does not mean that they have definitely left the nest because, they will come back regularly for about a month, and will be fed by the male they will observe fishing.
In this way they will be able to fish for about 7 weeks after leaving the nest.
Born at the begining of May, the two young ospreys filmed by RTE are gradually gradually acquiring an adult size and, consequently, a plumage wich, towards the age of 50 days, will allow them to make their first flight - and that is why right now , you can see them - live - exercising the muscles of their wings.
After the flight, the parents feed them for another month. The two young ospreys mainly solicit the male, whom they observe while fishing.
They will be able to fish really 7 weeks after leaving the nest, where they will come back to sleep for a few days and a few weeks. The male will bring alive fishes regularly.
A french ornithologist had the nasty surprise of finding a dead osprey caught in the trap of a fisherman's electric line, on the 23 May in the early evening.
Having a fish in its claws, the bird had probably ste down there to eat it. An electric arc may have subsenquently formed by the contact between the dripping water of the skin of the fish and an elctric line.
Even if this type of death is accidental, it remains a serious problem for ospreys due to the under representation of the species within French territory - fewer than 100 pairs in 2016.
It was this type of accident that led Enedis to begin the modification of its power lines.
Exeptionally, significant snowfall was recorded et the end of April in Scotland, particularly at the Loch Garten site.
Loch Garten is a large freshwater loch located in the Highlands and belonging to the Cairngorms National Park. It is known for its large population of osprey, which amounts to about 150 pairs.
Having returned from migration which them took him in West Africa, the latter has since begun tis period of brooding.
As a result, at the end of April, the female lays 1 to 4 eggs (2 or 3 on average).
The brooding then last about 5 weeks, the young being born coverred with down and having their eys open, they will eventualy be ableto fly at the age of only 2 months !
The idea of making an English version of the site came fater the adoption and the dissemination by the Council of Europe in November 2016 of the the Plan to restore and safeguard the osprey in Europe and the Mediterranean.
Thanks to the support of the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Sea, our knowledge, tools and actions are now made available to all the countries concerned by the project.
In addition, the site will soon be supplemented with a tab "Situation in Europe", which will include the new European safeguard plan.