Osprey Diary Sat 6th April

Firstly, our apologies for the webcam disruption– so frustrating we realise. We have gone through every avenue we can think of and still can’t get things working. We will now have to get our phone lines checked etc to see if that’s the root cause- but no technicians are available until Monday. We do apologise and appreciate your patience.

Meanwhile, you will be glad to know all is well on the osprey nest at Loch of the Lowes. The female has had two fish today- one first thing this morning, and another at around 2.45pm. The male brought another fish to the nest this evening around 6.30pm, but cheekily flew off with it again- twice! What a tease he can be, but she still seems very content with him if the number of matings they have had today is anything to go by.

Also today on the Loch we have had grebes, ducks and swans all courting, Roe deer grazing the shore and Reed Bunting below the hides.

Thanks to everyone who came to our Marvelous Migration event today and tried their hand at role playing an osprey , making the hazardous journey to and fro Africa and making survival decisions along the way- it given us all a new appreciation of just how hard it is.

A special mention too for a special visitor today: Denis Bannah a ranger from Gola Forest National Park, Sierra Leone. What a fascinating chance to share different experiences working with conservation and to forge yet more links between Scotland and Africa. Thanks Denis for telling us so much about your work and thanks for offering to report Osprey sightings on the coast of your country to us.

Lastly mention of another upcoming event at Loch of the Lowes:

Beginners Wildlife Photography course on April 12th and 13th

* Learn basic nature photography skills and rudimentary field craft, along with technical knowhow.

* Learn how to get the best out of your camera and try your hand at capturing the wildlife of the reserve.

* Evening talk and practical followed by hands on morning session in hides and Visitor Centre with exclusive access.

Hosted by local photographer Kevin Hacker

and Perthshire Ranger Emma Rawling.

Maximum 8 participants to ensure individual tuition.

Cost: £55 per person, £50 concessions and members.

Deposit of £10 required.

Includes usual admission fee, tea, coffee etc.

Booking essential on 01350 727337  or lochofthelowes@swt.org.uk

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