Posted: Tuesday 11th July 2017 by Emyr MWT

Aeron has fledged!

Having looked for all the world he was going to go yesterday, Aeron somehow managed to stay in the nest despite some of the most aeronautical and impressive helicoptering flights we have ever seen.

Today, however, looked like a washout as far as fledging was concerned. Heavy rain all day and not a smudge of wind rendered Aeron, Menai and Eitha as motionless as three osprey gnomes peering out into the mid Wales murk.

Then, suddenly, at 18:06 this happened:


Aeron fledged at the exact age you would expect a male to fledge - at 51 days old.

Here's how he compares with all the other Dyfi fledglings:

 

Aeron has just started the next phase of his life, a very dangerous period in any flying bird's life. He looks a very confident flier showing hardly any of the behaviours we sometimes see in birds that are a bit reticent to leave the nest for the first time.

He has already visited the camera pole, low perch and larch perch several times over - as if he was saying, "I knew I should have gone yesterday - this is great!"

50p

We wish him luck. Now over to the girls...

Aeron is on his way..

 

Many congratulations to Christine Pares who won the fledging competition - the beautiful Monty Canvas is on its way to you.

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Comments

    Brilliant in depth blog again, Emyr! Thanks so much! Brilliant season so far this year, thanks to all the hard work of yourself, The DOP Team & Great volunteers!

    Thursday 13th July 2017
    by FP1

    Aeron was so ready for this - and he traveled to several perches that he saw his parents on. Such a clever young osprey, I predict he will do well and return from his migration ready to live the good osprey life!

    Wednesday 12th July 2017
    by ms. faffer

    Great blog again. Videos are superb.
    I'm betting that Eitha will break Dyfi records for a female fledge :)

    Wednesday 12th July 2017
    by Waterfall

    Thank you Emyr and all the team at DOP. Amazing to see him flying so confidently from the off. Now it's the girls' turn,

    Wednesday 12th July 2017
    by Katiefg

    Thank you Emyr and everyone at Dyfi Osprey Project for these amazing blogs and videos.  Good luck Aeron, stay safe.  Safe fledging Menai and Eitha.

    Wednesday 12th July 2017
    by Chrisi Burns

    How wonderful to see him finally fledge after that teaser of a "semi-fledge" yesterday, he looks really confident today.  I didn't think he'd go in such wet weather.  Well done lad, safe flying and happy landings.  Thanks to all at DOP for wonderful camera work again.

    Tuesday 11th July 2017
    by Maryem

    Absolutely wonderful to see Aeron fledge! He looked so confident. The best of luck and safe travels Aeron. Now we wait for Menai and Eitha to make that leap. Thank you Emyr and the DOP team for allowing us all to watch these magnificent birds hatch, grow and fledge all from the comfort of our homes, or wherever we are in the world...just wonderful. Thank you! 

    Tuesday 11th July 2017
    by leigho

    Great news Ems. The first of, hopefully, many milestones in this young mans life.

    Tuesday 11th July 2017
    by Mike Simmonds

Brilliant in depth blog again, Emyr! Thanks so much! Brilliant season so far this year, thanks to all the hard work of yourself, The DOP Team & Great volunteers!

Thursday 13th July 2017
by FP1

Aeron was so ready for this - and he traveled to several perches that he saw his parents on. Such a clever young osprey, I predict he will do well and return from his migration ready to live the good osprey life!

Wednesday 12th July 2017
by ms. faffer

Great blog again. Videos are superb.
I'm betting that Eitha will break Dyfi records for a female fledge :)

Wednesday 12th July 2017
by Waterfall

Thank you Emyr and all the team at DOP. Amazing to see him flying so confidently from the off. Now it's the girls' turn,

Wednesday 12th July 2017
by Katiefg

Thank you Emyr and everyone at Dyfi Osprey Project for these amazing blogs and videos.  Good luck Aeron, stay safe.  Safe fledging Menai and Eitha.

Wednesday 12th July 2017
by Chrisi Burns

How wonderful to see him finally fledge after that teaser of a "semi-fledge" yesterday, he looks really confident today.  I didn't think he'd go in such wet weather.  Well done lad, safe flying and happy landings.  Thanks to all at DOP for wonderful camera work again.

Tuesday 11th July 2017
by Maryem

Absolutely wonderful to see Aeron fledge! He looked so confident. The best of luck and safe travels Aeron. Now we wait for Menai and Eitha to make that leap. Thank you Emyr and the DOP team for allowing us all to watch these magnificent birds hatch, grow and fledge all from the comfort of our homes, or wherever we are in the world...just wonderful. Thank you! 

Tuesday 11th July 2017
by leigho

Great news Ems. The first of, hopefully, many milestones in this young mans life.

Tuesday 11th July 2017
by Mike Simmonds