14 October 2010

Osprey at Neath Rivermouth

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A juvenile Osprey was showing very well this morning along the Neath River between the rivermouth and Brunel Dock. I first saw it flying along the river and, as I have seen before at this location, this causes most, if not all, the birds present to take to flight and alarm call; waders, gull, crows, the whole lot! It then rather conveniently sat on the metal tower next to the river(on the Crymlyn Burrows side) opposite the old oil pipelines that run into the old refinery site at Baglan Bay. It was sat up here while I was able to take this footage.

I saw it around 8am it was still around at 11:30 when Dave Lewis saw it head back towards Briton Ferry, choosing not to fly over(or under) the bridges. An Osprey was seen a few days ago, on the 10th October, when Gary Lewis saw one from Brunel Dock flying towards Baglan Bay. It is most likely the same bird. If so this is good news because it may stick around for a few more days?

The pale fringes to the feathering on its back indicate a juvenile bird. In flight an adult bird would show a dark band on the underside of the inner wing, along the top of the secondaries, these are the greater coverts. In juvenile birds this is less pronounced, being barred. It is just about possible to pick the lack of a dark band when this bird flaps its wings.

5 comments:

Barry Stewart said...

Great video of a cracking bird Mark - quite surprised Dean's head didn't pop up behind it. He just loves sneaking in the back of photos!

Neil Donaghy said...

Crackig footage Mark and thanks for the text...

Barry Stewart said...

I notice that two Ospreys were seen in the Neath estuary, which has become a regular stop off point in recent years. There must be good fishing in the estuary and adjacent coast. May be worth looking at sites where a nesting platform could be erected?

Mark Hipkin said...

Hmmm. I think I know where you're coming from? All we need now is a willing and responsible landowner. I might even know of one.....

Anonymous said...

Great video. I'd love to see the Ospreys nest in the area - and with Neath Swansea ospreys rugby team!

My worry would be for the birds, as there are some idiots in the area - its taking our fish etc.

A platform at the top of the Brunel tower or on the counil offices would be good.