Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), adult female. 23.7.2012, Tervola, Finland.


Continued today checking osprey nests. In Tervola visited a place that I`ve been checking since 2004 when the nest was found. Every year birds have had little ones in the nest. When counting this year the birds have get 20 nestlings to flight (3,3,3,3,2,2,1,2 and 1).


When I arrived to the nest female did start alarming me. Suddenly it changed tone to screeching & whistling sound that it keeps when other ospreys arrive nearby. It`s husband arrived with another pair of ospreys. So there were 4 ospreys in flight. Female did fly upward down alarming heavily & doing all kinds of stunt flying tricks it usually don`t. It chased other pair, dangled it`s feet and did deep slides...It really was concerned for it´`s one and only youngster.


I suppose this female is still the same as year 2004 when I ringed it as an adult bird. Controlled it 2010 in my hand and it was the same bird. Unluckily I didn`t have colour rings then with me. Indeed I had them in my camera bag - but I didn`t remember it then. Too much stuff always with me...


It`s almost impossible to read from photos the code of the regular aluminium ring if taken from flight....


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Taken on July 23, 2012