Osprey update – 29th March 2011, 8am

We’re all on the edge of our seats this morning at Loch of the Lowes, as the events on the nest since my last post yesterday have made for some really exciting bird watching.  After we closed up the Visitor Centre last night, we received reports to our dedicated email address ospreys@swt.org.uk from web cam watchers that a bird returned back to the nest at 5:55pm.  According to these reports the bird stayed on the nest, enjoying a fish for over an hour.  We’re looking back through our recorded footage to get the exact times and watch this bird’s behaviour.

We know that some of you out there are hopeful that this bird could be our resident female osprey, ‘Lady’.  We hope so too, however while this bird looks like and is behaving like our female  we cannot confirm the identity of this bird until we get a close-up image of its right eye.  As our resident female is not ringed, she is identifiable by a distinctive mark in her iris.  This morning we arrived particularly early to the visitor centre to try and achieve a positive ID, however just as we were adjusting the camera the bird flew off the nest.

If and when the bird comes back, we will be trying to zoom in using the camera to get an ID.  This may result in some unfocussed or blurry images on the web cam, so please accept our apologies in advance for this.  We will try to be as quick as we can to allow you all to continue to enjoy watching the bird on the nest.  As you may know, we have been trying to fix a problem with our HD camera for some time now – this is why the image you see on the web cam is not as sharp as it was last year.  Please be assured we are doing all we can to fix it and will be trying to do so again today.  We’ll keep you posted with our progress.

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