Swans are now nesting !
So my plan for today was to have a quick look at the Swan Pond then bike it to Riverside to check out the area on the River Forth where some Porpoise’s were spotted last week.
But as those who of us who film wildlife know you can’t really plan exactly what your going to see, so when I spotted a grey Heron in the far field, I set up up camera just in time to see it catching something. The timing was perfect and I had a good feeling today was going to be good.
The weather was sunny and warm compared to the past few days where rain and high winds were the norm. I took some photos of the Heron then moved down to the pond where the water was very calm and I could see lots of toads on the bottom of the pond.
Best was yet to come as I spotted one of the swans laying in the reeds , as I got closer I made out the edges of the nest she had built. This is what I had been waiting for, last year I started taking photos when the cygnets were born so I was determined to film them as the built the nest this year.
‘Lady’ the Loch Of The Lowes Osprey thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has laid her first egg of the season.
With the great news that a beaver has taken up residence in the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes reserve, I thought I would post some information on these amazing creatures.
Beaver Bjornar canal building
Did you know that beavers are Europe’s largest native rodent; that they can remain under water for up to 15 minutes at a time and are highly skilled water engineers?
Concerns for the safety of a missing osprey chick have been eased after a satellite tracked his tag.
Blue 44 was born to 27-year-old Lady eight weeks ago at the Loch of the Lowes reserve in Perthshire.
On Monday he took his first flight but despite searches by volunteers hasn’t been seen since.
However, staff at the Scottish Wildlife Trust said data from the bird’s tag had shown recent activity, suggesting the young bird is alive and well.
The trust said it was unusual for an osprey chick to fledge and not return to the nest within 24 hours, but not unheard of.
On some occasions the young birds are daunted by their first flight and reluctant to try again.
Staff suspect this is what happened to Blue 44.
They said they were optimistic following the new satellite information which showed the bird was moving and that the altitude meter indicated he was keeping to the tree tops.
The trust said they were now scaling back the searches in order to reduce the disruption to the area and hoped that would encourage Blue 44 to return to the nest.
FWN would like to extend a warm welcome to our latest reporter, Brember Turner.
Brember is our specialist Reporter here and is an amazing macro photographer, here he is with Colin on a ‘Macro Safari’ along the banks of the River Forth.
We look forward to reading Brember’s stories in the near future.
David Marshall Lodge offers ranger led events, which occur throughout the year. These include guided walks and talks and seasonal activities for families and visitors. Waymarked paths start from the visitor centre and range from a gentle half-mile wander to a 4-mile trek. The Lodge links to the National Cycle Network route 7 and there is a popular outdoor children?s play area. The wildlife viewing room offers the opportunity to see Ospreys setting up their nest and rearing their young. There is information, exhibits and an expert on hand to answer questions.
Live footage of woodland birds feeding is also available.
The new Red Squirrel hide offers an exciting chance to view these rare creatures in their natural habitat.
An osprey which is thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has hatched an egg at the LochoftheLowes wildlifereserve in Dunkeld.
The osprey ,known as Lady – hatched her 62nd egg on Mondaynight.
Almost 20,000 people were watching developments via webcam.
Lady has returned to the Loch of the Lowes reserve for 22 consecutive years, producing 48 chicks that have fledged.
She has laid three eggs this year.
The new chick is the first at the reserve since 2010. Lady’s eggs failed to hatch last year, despite being proved to be fertile.
Emma Rawling, a ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said:
“To successfully fledge this number of eggs is a quite unbelievable achievement.
“We expect her to reach the milestone of 50 later in the week.
“We’ve had interest from all over the world and people visiting in their droves since the eggs were laid.”
She added that the chicks would be tagged to monitor the exact routes, timings and behaviours of the birds as they migrate.