As our Ospreys are now in their wintering grounds to the far south, the nest at Loch of the Lowes lies empty, growing its usual tuft of grass until next spring when hopefully our birds will return again safely. We hope that following the two young chicks progress on the satellite tracking page has helped everyone cope with the ‘osprey withdrawal’ symptoms- its certainly been fascinate so far, and if you haven’t checked it out yet , click here: http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/osprey/
As of today , we have launched a new camera that we are streaming live to the web for you to enjoy over the winter: Otter and Beaver Cam. This camera was recently installed by our volunteer camera technician Lindsey and we have been monitoring it closely for a few weeks- so far the results have been amazing, so we thought we would share it with you live online.
This is a 24hr a day image, streaming on the same channel as the Osprey camera, and is focused on one of the Otter holts on the bank of a quiet corner of the reserve, showing a good stretch of water. Our resident dog otter occasionally uses this holt ( as well as several others) and swims past on its nightly foraging trips.
Excitingly the camera is also in an ideal position to catch glimpses of our newest resident- our Beaver. Several clips of this animal swimming past have been posted on our Youtube account- view them here: http://youtu.be/a-fJwXJ81sA
As always with wildlife watching, it is the unexpected that brings the most delight- this camera so far has also captured a polecat a Pine Marten and some fascinating footage of two Fallow Deer stags and their territorial display along the bank. Add to that the common sight of Swans, ducks and potentially Water Voles swimming past, and you have fascinating possibilities.
We hope you enjoy this camera and its wildlife- who knows what will turn up next?