What an exciting day at Loch of the Lowes- the team here have hardly had time to draw breath!
The day started in exciting fashion when we had an unusual visitor to the Crannog hide, this lovely juvenile Mute Swan who had to be relocated safely back to the loch by ranger Emma (luckily she has lots of swan experience from her time working for the Wildfowl and Wetlands trust). He was fine, just a little confused!
Then we had some dramatic osprey intruder activity on the nest when a strange osprey dived bombed our chick Blue 44 whilst he was eating a pike dad brought in- he squawked ( a rather pathetic version of the adult alarm call) mantled and hunkered down until the other bird was sent off by dad- after about 10minutes of spectacular aerial dog-fighting over the loch.
Then we had Blue 44 taking not one but two awesome dives into the loch in full view of all- neither was successful but it is great to see him enthusiastically throwing himself into things! These great pictures are by a visitor from Suffolk, Richard Ansell- many thanks for sharing them with us.
Then to top it all of we had a first ever wildlife sighting at Lowes: see the separate post above about Beavers.