It is currently late afternoon in Port Lincoln, Australia. The osplets have been flapping their wings steady all day. At one point, I felt that one or more of them might take flight.
The original timing of the ringing, measuring, naming, and attaching at least one sat-pak to one of the trio was to be Monday 8 November. That timing has been brought forward. It will now take place in the morning Sunday 7 November Port Lincoln time.
It is unclear to me if you will be able to see the process or not. Please check your local time with that of Australia if you wish to check to see what is happening live. The link to the streaming cam is here:
On Monday, the Thistle Island chicks will be banded and one will get a sat-pak.
Oh, I can’t wait! Time to set the alarm.
Take care all. Thanks to Port Lincoln Osprey Project for their streaming cam where I took my screen shot.
I went to the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1990 and received my PhD from the University of Leicester in 1993. After three decades of university teaching, I retired to devote my time to the study of raptor behaviour. I am particularly interested in Ospreys and am working on a long term project on third hatch survival and siblicide in these raptors. My blog is a result of a fascination with my local wildlife and the desire to encourage others to love and care for birds! I live on the Canadian Prairies and prior to the pandemic travelled a lot. I am questioning the use of aviation fuel at the moment as we all strive to help our planet. My early research was in politics and art including British public statues exported to Southeast Asia and Vietnam Resistors that contributed much to Canadian ceramics. Books and articles were published on those subjects over a period of 3 decades. Now I am working on books for children so they can learn about the challenges our raptors face.
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Hope it happens soon 🙂
Yes, quickly. They are restless. I am making some wild assumption that the bander is flying in from Adelaide and they will try and get this done early early. Fingers crossed!
Thanks Mary Ann for the update on the timing. I just checked and they are all asleep in the nest and mom is perched on the side. It is around 2:20 am there.
I will keep checking too. I hope all goes well for them during this. 🙏💕💕💕
I look forward to the next newsletter.
Take care ! Linda