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Offline Alison

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News: Ospreys
« on: October 19, 2009, 18:16 »
For anyone who is interested in ospreys, there is an incredible series of photos of an osprey catching a fish at this link, provided by the Blackwater osprey nest site:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/823384
« Last Edit: March 18, 2010, 12:24 by The Peregrine Chick »

Offline carly

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News: Ospreys / 2010
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 06:41 »
World's Oldest Breeding Osprey Returns to Scotland for the 20th Year!!

Wildlife rangers watched with bated breath as the oldest breeding osprey recorded in Scotland returned to its Perthshire nest for the 20th consecutive year. The female bird was spotted yesterday landing at her usual eyrie at the Loch of the Lowes, near Dunkeld. Estimated to be 25 years old, more than three times the usual lifespan, she had completed a 3,000-mile migration from West Africa to her summer breeding ground.

“She is a hardy old bird, that’s for sure,” said Emma Rawling, a ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, which manages the loch as a nature reserve. “We are truly amazed at her tenacity and endurance.” During the last 19 seasons the osprey has laid 55 eggs, 46 of which have successfully hatched into chicks that flew the nest. Whether she will prove so fecund this year was a moot point, said Ms Rawling.

Usually after mating, we would expect the female to lay between two to four eggs in early April. Six weeks later the eggs should hatch. As a very old bird, her fertility is now in doubt,” she added.

It is expected that her mate, a male osprey who is identified with a green leg ring, will arrive within a week. Should an egg be laid, trust staff, helped by up to 70 volunteers, will man a round-the-clock watch to safeguard the osprey and their eggs.

High life: The Old Lady of the Loch

6,000 miles - distance travelled by the Old Lady of the Loch every year during her migration. She has flown an estimated 150,000 miles in her lifetime.
25 years - the bird's probable age.
55 eggs - the number of eggs she has laid, 46 of which have hatched.
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Re: News: Ospreys / 2010
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 07:25 »
Thank you for posting this Carly....this story put a huge smile on my face!    :)

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2010
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2010, 10:10 »
What an amazing story, carly! It delighted my heart! :D Also gives me hope that Trey may still be on his way back to Winnipeg! ;)

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2010
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2010, 12:14 »
Awww,....round the clock babysitters!

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Offline Elaine L

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2011, 11:19 »
What a wonderful story!  This 26-year-old female has defied all the odds.  She had a strong will, and great genes, and these genes have been passed on to her chicks.  The only sad news in this whole story is that they have to protect her from wildlife poachers.

Offline Kinderchick

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2011, 19:28 »
This is an amazing story considering Lady is 26 yrs. old!...:o "Female ospreys live an average of eight years and produce about 20 chicks in that time. Lady has produced 56 eggs and has now seen 48 fledge."  ;D 8)

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2011, 11:52 »
Lady just laid her second egg!!!  (We need a bowing/worship icon!!!)

Fantastic news here at Loch of the Lowes!

Today at 14:16 we were all thrilled to see our resident female lay her second egg of the season.  This brings her grand total up to 60 eggs and increases our hope of seeing her 50th chick fledge this year.  Last year our resident female laid 3 eggs and we may see another egg over the next few days.  Osprey eggs take between 35 and 39 days to hatch and throughout this period the female will carryout the larger portion of the incubation responsibilities.  On average males will incubate for 20-35% of daylight hours but this does vary from male to male.


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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2011, 11:55 »
Lady just laid her second egg!!!  (We need a bowing/worship icon!!!)
Fantastic news here at Loch of the Lowes!...

This is fantastic news! ;D I guess there isn't a webcam, or is there, carly? :-\
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Offline allikat

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2011, 15:14 »
Lady just laid her second egg!!!  (We need a bowing/worship icon!!!)
Fantastic news here at Loch of the Lowes!...

This is fantastic news! ;D I guess there isn't a webcam, or is there, carly? :-\
I was just thinking the same thing!   :D

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2011, 15:29 »
Lady just laid her second egg!!!  (We need a bowing/worship icon!!!)
Fantastic news here at Loch of the Lowes!...

This is fantastic news! ;D I guess there isn't a webcam, or is there, carly? :-\
I was just thinking the same thing!   :D
Wow and yikes, so was I Allikat  ;D :-*

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2011, 17:02 »
Too cool, why don't they put stuff like this on the front page of the paper.

Offline carly

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2011, 17:06 »
Oh yes there is definitely an Osprey cam - you can watch the Lady and her Laird here:

http://www.swt.org.uk/wildlife/webcams/loch-of-lowes/

Offline Kinderchick

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Re: News: Ospreys / 2011
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2011, 20:56 »
Thanks for this link, carly. :-* I just wasn't able to locate a webcam from your previous links. ::)