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Osprey chicks fledge at Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve

SCOTTISH wildlife reserve Loch of the Lowes has seen each of their osprey chicks lastly fledge from their nest in Dunkeld.

Younger feminine osprey PF4 took to the skies for her first maiden flight across the Perthshire Loch on Sunday 9 July at 10:07am.

Taking a brave leap from her giant nest, she landed again safely on it a couple of minutes later.

The second chick PF5 spent an excessive amount of time squealing, flapping, helicoptering and leaping about from the nest to a perch and again once more

PF5 lastly flew off at 9:47am on Thursday 13 July.

An estimated 300 pairs of ospreys now breed within the UK every summer season.

Perthshire Ranger Sara Rasmussen stated: “This can be a nice time to return and think about these majestic birds taking brief flights round their nest and the loch the place you may hear them shouting out for fish.

“The children can be fed consistently by their mother and father, to construct up their vitality and fats reserves earlier than their lengthy migration in late August.

“Initially, they are going to spend time increase their energy, confidence and management with brief flights across the nest.

“After per week they might begin to enterprise additional, constructing as much as flights that final a number of hours.”

It’s regular for the feminine to depart first, leaving her mate to supply meals for the younger ospreys, till they too start their first migration journey.

By late August they are going to depart on their prolonged journey south, with the male additionally leaving round this time.

Each mum or dad birds, feminine NC0 and male LM12, returned to the nest on 17 March inside six hours of one another.

Three eggs have been laid in April with solely two eggs hatching on 13 and 16 Could respectively. That is the earliest recorded hatching date on this nest.

The Scottish Wildlife Belief’s dwell osprey webcam ensures folks from around the globe can observe occasions as they occur.

Loch of the Lowes Customer Centre is at present open seven days per week from 10:30am to 5pm.

The Osprey Safety Programme at Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve is supported by gamers of Individuals’s Postcode Lottery, with funds awarded by Postcode Planet Belief.

Ospreys have been extinct in Britain for a lot of the twentieth Century. They started to get better within the Sixties and an estimated 300 pairs of ospreys now breed within the UK every summer season. Most of those birds migrate to West Africa however some winter in Spain and Portugal.