Scotland’s oldest osprey migrates to Africa

This is a video about an osprey fishing.

From Wildlife Extra:

Global goodbyes for ‘Lady’ – the UK’s most famed osprey

12/08/2010 10:59:28

Heading for Africa after dramatic recovery

August 2010: The departure of the UK’s oldest breeding osprey, known as ‘Lady’, from its annual breeding ground at the Scottish Wildlife Trust‘s Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre has sparked a flood of goodbyes and well wishes from around the globe as concerns now mount that this could be the last time the famous bird is seen in the UK.

More than 2,000 wildlife enthusiasts watched live online at earlier this month as the bird failed to return to its nest, indicating that it had taken to the skies to begin its annual 3,000 [mile] migration to West Africa.

Experts now say that there is a 50 per cent chance that the bird, which is estimated to be 24 years old, will return next year, however following a lapse of ill-health earlier this year it is still unknown whether she will be strong enough to migrate successfully.

Peter Ferns, the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre Manager, said: ‘Watching our magnificent female osprey leave Loch of the Lowes was particularly moving this year as this could be the last time we ever see her.

‘Her mystery illness in June, which left her unable to move or open her eyes for several days, had us all worried and expert ornithologists and veterinary specialists predicted the worst. However, beating the odds, our “Lady” made a recovery. We have been encouraged by signs that she has been feeding herself up and increasing her body weight before her journey, and we can only hope she is now strong enough to successfully complete her migration.

Unprecedented endurance

‘This amazing creature has exhibited an unprecedented endurance over the 20 years she has been breeding at Loch of the Lowes, living over three times the average lifespan for an osprey and producing an astonishing 48 chicks.

‘This alone is a significant contribution to repopulating the osprey species, which became extinct in Scotland in 1916.’

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s osprey blog has received 360 comments so far, offering well-wishes and goodbyes to the ‘Lady of the Loch.’ Among them was one from Tina, in Cambridgehire, who wrote: “I just pray that Lady has a safe journey to her winter home. She is very much loved and will be sorely missed.”

Martha, from the USA, added: ‘It seems as if the nest isn’t the centre of the osprey universe any more for this year, which is as it should be, I suppose. Let Lady and her family be blessed with good fortune.’

Emma Rawling, the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Perthshire Ranger, said: ‘The support and interest we have received from wildlife enthusiasts around the world has been overwhelming and wonderful. Everyone from families in Finland to schoolchildren in Canada have been following the progress of our osprey family. It is encouraging to know that so many people care about Scotland’s wildlife.

‘With our female now departed, we only a short time left to watch over her male partner and the chicks. They will follow her to West Africa in the next few weeks to mark another successful breeding season at Loch of the Lowes.

‘Every year, the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s staff and volunteers, with help from SITA Tayside Biodiversity Fund, man a 24-hour osprey protection watch to ensure our birds and their eggs are safe during the breeding season.

Wildlife crime is sadly still a real threat for the survival of these magnificent animals and we do all we can every year to ensure our birds do not become victims of such an unnecessary tragedy. We hope to welcome our “Lady” back to her protected nesting site and Loch of the Lowes next March.’

This is an osprey video from the Netherlands.

Scottish government considers tougher controls to protect birds of prey: here.

November 2010: New research by RSPB Scotland has shown that hill farming can play a fundamental role in assisting the fortunes of one of Britain’s most threatened birds – the hen harrier: here.

Silence over the Hen Harrier carnage in Scotland: here.

February 2011. A new report by the UK’s nature conservation co-ordinator on hen harriers says that persecution is a significant factor limiting growth of the hen harrier population. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) report, released by Scottish Natural Heritage, considered scientific evidence on the distribution and nesting success of this bird of prey across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: here.

March 2011. The newly released results of the 2010 hen harrier survey have revealed a 20 per cent decline in the bird’s UK population in the last six years. The hen harrier, one of Britain’s most spectacular birds of prey, is also the species most affected by illegal persecution, a fact reinforced by a recent review – the hen harrier framework – which concluded that illegal killing is the biggest single factor affecting the species, and that it is having a dramatic impact on the population in core parts of the hen harrier’s range in northern England and Scotland: here.

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