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Historic flight for veteran osprey

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Scotland’s best-loved bird has flown into the history books by returning to her summer home for the 21st consecutive year.

Wildlife watchers at the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve were overjoyed when a close-up camera confirmed Lady, their resident female osprey, had defied the odds and survived another 6,000-mile round trip to make it back for another breeding season.

The veteran bird, who at 26 has lived three times longer than the average osprey and reared 46 chicks, spent yesterday preening her feathers and tidying her nest.

She briefly shared a perch with one of two other ospreys which have been circling the site, raising hopes of a reunion with Laird, her mate from last year, who helped her battle back from the brink of death by bringing fish to feed her and their two young when she fell seriously ill.

When staff waved her off from the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve at Dunkeld on her journey to her winter grounds in west Africa last August, they feared they might have seen the last of her. But on Monday evening they were able to use the hidden camera which had beamed her battle for survival to 55,000 online wellwishers to confirm their grand old Lady was back.

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Amazing bird :)

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Amazing bird :)

What a wonderful animal! She has lived well beyond the normal lifespan of ospreys.

Here is a photograph I was able to locate of Lady at guardian.co.uk

Russell Cheyne/Reuters

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What a wonderful animal! She has lived well beyond the normal lifespan of ospreys.

Here is a photograph I was able to locate of Lady at guardian.co.uk

Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Thank you for the pic :tu:

She's a beautiful bird, and one of the world's oldest ospreys it says. There's also links to their "nest cam" in here for anyone who's interested to see -

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/29/osprey-scotland-record-21st-time?INTCMP=SRCH

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What a wonderful animal! She has lived well beyond the normal lifespan of ospreys.

Here is a photograph I was able to locate of Lady at guardian.co.uk

Russell Cheyne/Reuters

What a wonderful photograph!

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Awesome....

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What a wonderful photograph!

Here is another picture of an osprey, who has generously given a lift to a fish who found swimming a little too slow....

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Great pic, Cloudshill. Beatiful and savage at same time.

Ospreys are one of my faves.

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There's also links to their "nest cam" in here for anyone who's interested to see -

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/29/osprey-scotland-record-21st-time?INTCMP=SRCH

Here is another picture of an osprey, who has generously given a lift to a fish who found swimming a little too slow....

Beautiful pic. Thank you for that one too :)

You can view the Scottish Osprey Nest Live Webcam at below link.

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

Thank you EL... btw I already said that :lol:

Lovely :tu: Of course it's dark there now but I can see her pruning herself on the nest. B) I must remember to look during the daytime so I can see better.

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Doh!

:blush:

Edited by Eldorado

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Doh!

:blush:

:D

Well your link was direct to 'nestcam' and more obvious, and mine was inside another link so yours was best :tu:

Now it's daylight I'm watching 'nestcam' again and can see two of them on nest as clear as a bell.....just wonderful!!, they are beautiful birds, I'm chuffed to bits to be able to see them so clearly like this :tsu:

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<chuffed too........ :rofl:

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<chuffed too........ :rofl:

<chuffed that you're chuffed..... :lol:

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I'm chuffed at the chuffiness of both of you.

I watched the nest cam yesterday, SW... was pleasantly surprised at quality of the cam.

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I'm chuffed at the chuffiness of both of you.

I watched the nest cam yesterday, SW... was pleasantly surprised at quality of the cam.

Yes, it's really good. I'm still keeping an eye on it....fascinating stuff I think.

Maybe I should change title to "the chuffed thread" :D

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You can view the Scottish Osprey Nest Live Webcam at below link.

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

Here is a pic I took of 'Lady' off my screen from the web cam...lol

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

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Here is a pic I took of 'Lady' off my screen from the web cam...lol

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

She's gorgeous :wub: No eggs in nest yet but soon hopefully :)

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wow she is a nice bird.

she is asleep at the moment. And its windy lol

Hopefully she will have chicks.

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wow she is a nice bird.

she is asleep at the moment. And its windy lol

Hopefully she will have chicks.

She's still working on her nest, moving twigs etc in readiness for laying her eggs it looks like. Her mate arrives now and again, he's darker and bigger than she is. She also has her left leg ringed but I haven't seen anything on his.

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Eggs should start appearing soon....

Edited by Cloudshill

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Eggs should start appearing soon....

She's taking her time. Still no sign of any eggs yet but the nest is much bigger now :unsure2:

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Eggs should start appearing soon....

It's looking quite possible she might have laid some. At last she's sitting on nest :clap:

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It's looking quite possible she might have laid some. At last she's sitting on nest :clap:

Sge did!....she did!......I've seen it twice now......:) :) :)

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It's looking quite possible she might have laid some. At last she's sitting on nest :clap:

Here is a pic off my 'puter screen of the egg..... :w00t:

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Sge did!....she did!......I've seen it twice now......:) :) :)

Yay!!!! B)

Here is a pic off my 'puter screen of the egg..... :w00t:

Thank you :tu:....I still haven't seen it on webcam yet as it's dark there now, and maybe there'll be more eggs by tomorrow morning too :)

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