Posted: Wednesday 19th July 2017 by Emyr MWT

Eitha has fledged.

At 12:53 yesterday, 18th July, she finally plucked up her courage and took the plunge - directly off the new nest perch.

As happens with many fledglings, she initially went down, but soon reacted before ascending and continuing on for over three and a half minutes, soaring and flapping around the Dyfi as if she'd been doing it all her life. Can you just imagine what goes through a bird's mind during these first few seconds of flight?

Eitha was 53 days old when she took her maiden flight, a day older than the Dyfi average for females. This was to be expected as Eitha is the largest of this year's offspring - she'd probably hit the scales at over 2Kgs at the moment. Larger birds tend to take a day or two longer to get airborne.

Complete set of Dyfi fledging ages for all offspring with trend-line averages for males and females

 

Here's the video of Eitha's historic flight, the 16th young osprey to do so from this nest:

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Comments

    Wonderful blog - thank you Emyr - I've lost count of the number of times I've watched Eitha's impressive fledging video, enjoyed every second!  You must all be so proud and happy at DOP! :-)

    Wednesday 26th July 2017
    by Daffodil

    Absolutely fantastic camera work and wonderful video. That was a long maiden flight for Eitha, but she looked like a pro as if she had been flying all her life. Hats off to you all at the DOP! Another milestone achieved. Thank you so much. 

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    by leigho

    Wonderful! Eitha is a splendid young osprey. Mara-free has it exactly, with this quote.. "My heart in hiding
    Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing... " Brilliantly filmed, well done everybody! xx  

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    by sue g

    Eitha isn't the only one grinning - now I can get onto the website again, how amazing it is to share these stages with eachother and the osprey.  Thanks you so much and hope the DNS problem and subsequent outage/thunderstorm doesn't give you all too many grey hairs.  

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    by Rann

    If ever a bird was said to be grinning!

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    by jillian1

    Wow! That was a pretty impressive maiden flight!! Fabulous to see it on video as I missed it! Thanks to Janine for the camera work and Ems for posting it here

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    by Lorna G

    What a moving video - thanks, I believe, to sterling camera work from Janine! The deep emotions I feel when watching Eitha's first flight remind me of the lines from Manley Hopkins' poem, Windhover: I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
    dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
    Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
    High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
    In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
    As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
    Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
    Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing...  

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    by mara-free

    After that initial drop, she was taking no chances on falling out of the sky! What a spirit. A little hard breathing there at the end, but amazing first flight. I'm not much into reading birds emotions, but after they fledge, they show shear joy!

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    by DLeroyH

Wonderful blog - thank you Emyr - I've lost count of the number of times I've watched Eitha's impressive fledging video, enjoyed every second!  You must all be so proud and happy at DOP! :-)

Wednesday 26th July 2017
by Daffodil

Absolutely fantastic camera work and wonderful video. That was a long maiden flight for Eitha, but she looked like a pro as if she had been flying all her life. Hats off to you all at the DOP! Another milestone achieved. Thank you so much. 

Wednesday 19th July 2017
by leigho

Wonderful! Eitha is a splendid young osprey. Mara-free has it exactly, with this quote.. "My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing... " Brilliantly filmed, well done everybody! xx  

Wednesday 19th July 2017
by sue g

Eitha isn't the only one grinning - now I can get onto the website again, how amazing it is to share these stages with eachother and the osprey.  Thanks you so much and hope the DNS problem and subsequent outage/thunderstorm doesn't give you all too many grey hairs.  

Wednesday 19th July 2017
by Rann

If ever a bird was said to be grinning!

Wednesday 19th July 2017
by jillian1

Wow! That was a pretty impressive maiden flight!! Fabulous to see it on video as I missed it! Thanks to Janine for the camera work and Ems for posting it here

Wednesday 19th July 2017
by Lorna G

What a moving video - thanks, I believe, to sterling camera work from Janine! The deep emotions I feel when watching Eitha's first flight remind me of the lines from Manley Hopkins' poem, Windhover: I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing...  

Wednesday 19th July 2017
by mara-free

After that initial drop, she was taking no chances on falling out of the sky! What a spirit. A little hard breathing there at the end, but amazing first flight. I'm not much into reading birds emotions, but after they fledge, they show shear joy!

Wednesday 19th July 2017
by DLeroyH