This camera is looking on to a capercaillie dust-bath on RSPB Abernethy reserve. It is very occasionally visited by a female capercaillie and her brood of chicks, where they ‘bathe’ in the dust to rid themselves of ectoparasites (parasites which live on their feathers or skin). Though the capercaillie don’t visit it every day, this camera (and other trail cameras around capercaillie habitat) can give useful insights into capercaillie brood numbers and behaviours.
There is a lot of habitat work going on at RSPB Abernethy and on other landholdings which have capercaillie, to improve the conditions for this extremely rare and vulnerable bird. Habitat restoration by restructuring forest plantations, cattle grazing on the field-layer vegetation, heather cutting in the forest and diversionary feeding of predators to reduce predation of capercaillie are some of the measures being used.
This camera is funded by the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project. To find out more about the project visit https://cairngormscapercaillie.scot/
Our member THOMO started the thread in the LG Osprey forum but I have moved it here now that there's been activity found - so's not to plague the Community of birders with yet another intrusion from that forum.
27 July - early afternoon - the family turned up for a 20+ minute session by the tree roots:
scylla said:Our member THOMO started the thread in the LG Osprey forum but I have moved it here now that there's been activity found - so's not to plague the Community of birders with yet another intrusion from that forum.
I don't think that makes any difference, Scylla. The only difference is you don't have to be an LG group member to post here.
I haven't been downloading this stream - due to pressure of Osprey cams and faulty tech stress - but today I did and got a little reward! Two very little rewards
Robin and Wren this morning!