Lyndon opened this weekend for the first time after the winter break, and it was great to welcome visitors back through the doors. The osprey aren’t due to return for another couple of weeks, but those of you who keep an eye on the osprey webcam will know that we haven’t been watching an empty nest.
On Friday night a cormorant could be seen roosting on an outer branch of the nest. The bird remained at the nest for most of the weekend, drying it’s wings and preening.
We also have had occasional visits from the Egyptian Geese. They seem to be eyeing the nest up and as you can see, they have created a hollow to the left hand side. Let’s hope our ospreys are successful in chasing them off on their return!
We also have exciting news from Senegal – 30(05) is on the move! She set of in the morning on March 11th, and by 7pm the same day she had already traveled over 135 miles, reaching Mauritania.
30(05) seems to be following the coast this year, quite different from her 2016 migration route. This will hopefully be a safer route for her, as she should never be too far from food should she need it.
We can see from the map that 30(05) has flown over Grand Lac in Djoudj National Park, an enormous lake home to hundreds of thousands of waterfowl.
Our Field Officer John Wright visited Grand Lac in December. John reported than whenever an osprey flew over the lake, hundreds of thousands of waterfowl would be flushed into the air, which is illustrated in the incredible photos John captured below. We can imagine that 30(05) will have seen similar sights on her migration over the lake, albeit from an aerial viewpoint!
In the photos we can see greater and lesser flamingos, white pelicans, white-faced whistling ducks, garganey and pintail. It is a real treat to see these images and visualise where 30(05) has been. Thank you John!
We will next get an update on 30(05)’s location in a couple of days, and can’t wait to see how she has progressed.