During the peregrine watch on Tuesday, there was a surprise visit from an osprey.
This is the second time an osprey has flown through the gorge, giving the adults reason to take part in an aerial pursuit.
It had been a quiet morning. With the chicks fledged they are getting harder to spot on their perches hidden amongst the leaves or right in the tree tops.
So when the cries of an adult were heard, it was with some relief that we knew we were going to see one of the peregrines that morning. Imagine our surprise when flying up the gorge was a huge osprey being pursued by one of the adults! I was too busy looking open mouthed at this gigantic bird of prey to take note of whether it was the male or female in pursuit, but whoever it was scored a direct hit on the osprey. Feathers drifted down to the river as the osprey continued its fly past with the peregrine in pursuit.
You can check out these magnificent birds by following the progress of the osprey chick at the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve at Loch of the Lowes. Take a look at the blog or the webcam to find out more.
Bye for now,
Rhian – Seasonal Ranger