Nesting Opsrey's Narrabeen Lake, Sydney

To: "Edwin Vella" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Nesting Opsrey's Narrabeen Lake, Sydney
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 13:33:09 +1000
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Subject: Nesting Opsrey's Narrabeen Lake, Sydney

Hi Edwin and Birding-aussers,

I think they could have chicks now. I noted that she(?) was sitting very low
and ( I thought) probably on eggs on the 25 Th. July. Allowing for an
incubation period of 35 to 37 days (Olsen) they should now have chicks. Last
time I visited was on the 5Th. Sept and I noted she was sitting higher than
previously which could indicate she was brooding. On both occasions I viewed
from the same vantage point . On the first occasion I could only see her
head and the tip of her tail above the rim of the nest. On the 5Th. I could
also see her back indicating she was higher in the nest.

I visited on two occasions between these dates and on each occasion both
birds were at the nest but neither were sitting.

What happened when the male(?) landed at the nest with food? If you watched
long enough I would expect you would see one  feeding the chicks.

I must get down there again this week.

Bruce Cox.

> Last Saturday (9/9/06) I spent a few minutes observing the pair of
> nesting Ospreys beside Narrabeen Lake on Sydney's Northern Beaches. I
> initially only saw one bird sitting and preening on the nest and than
> the other bird landed on the nest with a catch. Does anyone know if they
> have chicks already in the nest? I hope this nesting attempt is a
> success.
> Edwin Vella


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