KSPR feature in Countryfile – Kielder 2017 osprey chick photographed in Senegal 2018

Fantastic to hear that BBC Countryfile magazine has immediately used a KSPR feature on the beautiful Kielder ospreys! Yet another fabulous PR RESULT – as usual of course!

Kielder ospreys pictured in Africa

Magnificent migratory birds from Northumberland spotted on their winter grounds

1) Acomb is here as a chick 2017  (far right and smallest) 2) Growing up at Kielder  3) In Senegal in February 2018!

Archer, Ancroft and Acomb (far right) from nest 3     N3 07.53 6L Acomb foreground at Kielde 2017    6L (Acomb) photographed by Steven Houston in Southern Senegal

Four ospreys from Northumberland have been spotted in West Africa.

One female – known as ‘White EB’ – was even photographed fishing by French birdwatchers Fabienne and Michel Vernaudon (see also main picture, top), at Somone Lagoon, near the capital Dakar. The ‘EB’ is clearly visible in the ring at her ankle, above.

The ospreys left Kielder in late August and early September to spend the winter in Africa, more than 4,000 miles away. The journey is gruelling – particularly for young ospreys, according to Joanna Dailey, an osprey volunteer with the Forestry Commission. But the good news is that one of the eight juveniles to leave Kielder last summer – named Acomb – is among those to be spotted in West  Africa.

In February 2018 Acomb was pictured in the Casamance region of Southern Senegal, which has a tropical savannah climate – a little different from Northumberland.

Other Kielder ospreys to be be seen in Africa are:

Blue Y6, White EB’s youngest daughter, hatched at Kielder in 2016, and has been seen at Tanji Bird Reserve in The Gambia.

Blue UV, a male who fledged in 2014, sighted in the Langue de Barbarie area of northern Senegal.

Joanna said: “It’s a real thrill to receive photos of Kielder ospreys in their wintering grounds, especially ones where they are looking in such good condition. Y6 had a tough first few weeks in the nest, with her two elder sisters taking most of the food. She was fine by the time she migrated, and looking at her now, clearly there were no long term adverse consequences.”

Absent from Northumberland for 200 years, a single pair of ospreys first returned to Kielder in 2009 and by 2017, four pairs were nesting.

Ospreys are due to return to Kielder in April. For a chance to see them, visit the Osprey Watch Cabin between 10.30am and 5pm on weekends from 21-22 April until mid-August, where visitors can watch the birds using powerful scopes.

You can also follow Joanna’s blog at kielderospreys.wordpress.com/blog/