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Osprey Chicks on the nestWelcome to the Lake District Osprey Project website. Spring 2017 got off to a good start – female KL arrived 28th March, male Unring 30th March. Eggs were laid on 11th, 14th, 17th April.

First chick hatched Thursday 18th May and a second on Friday 19th May, and the third on Monday 22nd May. A full clutch!

No 14 our ‘Star’ traveller, hatched 2013, spent the winter in Bioko. He reached Cumbria April 16th. Since then he has been flying all over South Lakes but does not seem to have met a partner.

The webcam has been suffering multiple technical glitches and is currently and sadly unavailable. .

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Circuits and splashes

The initial good weather gave all our chicks a head start and perhaps a bit of overconfidence. The windy days of Thursday and Friday saw quite a bit of buffeting in the air and in some cases taking off and then flying backwards, which left them a little nonplussed. U7 fled to the nest at one point, as a safe haven, but found that even taking off from there was fraught with danger. She had to experiment for some time, looking a bit like an umbrella on the verge of turning inside out before finding that the trick is to lean into the wind rather than it coming at you broadside.

All the chicks have been seen from the Lower Viewpoint at Dodd flying over the edges of Bassenthwaite and enjoying the occasional splashdown. However, it is Unring that is still doing all the fishing. Today, he caught a fish so enormous that he dropped it – viewed by one of his offspring sitting on a nearby post and KL, bathing just a few yards away.

It could happen to anyone.

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