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Local Osprey uses Powerful Claws to Feed Young

Photo Credit: Tina Nord

The Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve, ran by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is keenly watching a pair of osprey bird nesting by the Loch just off Dunkeld.

They’ve been keeping track with their watchful eyes over a webcam open to everyone, now they have their magnifiers over the two young chicks who recently hatched in the nest.

Apparently, the wee chicks develop as much as 70% of their body weight in the first four weeks of their life, and to keep them growing one of their parents is working hard to keep them growing with local fish.

They’re calling mama osprey NC0 and papa osprey LM12, one of them watches the chicks as they grow and the other spends their day diving into the loch for fish to catch with his bare claws.

Helen Lancaster, Species Protection Officer, says that LM12 can spot and dive for fish to then remerge from the water with wet wings without a hassle.

She say’s ‘there’s no such thing as a bad hair day for ospreys!’ with the special oil which keeps them waterproof as they reunite with their fellow feathered friends.

LM12’s powerful claws allow him to grab a fish of around 5lb with grace and decorum, keeping the family fed and happily growing against the backdrop of Highland Perthshire.

Anyone can watch the birds from: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXtGlMSjKYfGoPggHcAZYbQ

And more information can be found on: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/blog/

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