Wellington Point’s ospreys have moved in to their new home.
A 20 metre steel tower has been provided by Redland City Council to replace the birds’ previous nesting site in a tall Cook pine tree. The tree had to be removed because of safety concerns, as reported by the Redland City Bulletin.
Before the the historic tree was felled, the existing osprey nest was carefully removed and stored. The ospreys, who visit this area to breed on a seasonal basis, were not using the nest at this time.
The ospreys returned to the Wellington Point area by late March 2015. Ospreys are fish eating birds of prey. Information about them is available from Birds in Backyards.
On 22 April, a 20 metre steel tower with nesting platform was erected by Redland City Council at a site close to the water in Main Road, Wellington Point. The ospreys’ old nest was carefully placed on the nesting platform.
Within a few hours the ospreys occupied the nest. Photos taken the next morning show one of the ospreys making some minor renovations.