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Lonesome Louis the lovesick osprey waits for his mate

We are beaming live pictures from an osprey nest at Loch Arkaig Pine Forest. A lone male has taken up residence but time is running out for him to attract a female.

Staff have nicknamed the bird "Lonesome Louis" as he fusses over the lining of the nest while keeping a vigil for female company. Louis arrived back from Africa on 10 April and there are already other osprey pairs in the district settling in to mate. Some have laid eggs already, but poor Louis is still on his lonesome.

The nest is at Loch Arkaig Pine Forest, recently purchased by Woodland Trust Scotland in partnership with local group Arkaig Community Forest. The nestcam itself, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery is solar powered. We have a team of keen volunteers monitoring the footage so no highlights are missed.

So far we've seen a pine marten make a night-time visit to check out the nest and Louis has been seen fighting off crows but, most of the time, he is tweaking the moss and grass lining of the nest.

Cross your feathers for Lonesome Louis

Ospreys became extinct in the UK 100 years ago and it's believed that Loch Arkaig may have been the final nest location before the birds began to recolonise the country again in the 1950s. There are thought to be about 200 breeding pairs in Scotland now - or make that 199 pairs and one Lonesome Louis!

The nest has been in use for at least 10 years. At first, we thought Louis was an older bird who had used the location before - but we are beginning to think he may be a young male in his first breeding season.

Either way, if a female doesn’t turn up in the next couple of weeks it is unlikely chicks will be raised this year. If that happens its likely Louis will hang around feeding in the loch for the summer before setting off early on his migration back to Africa.

He isn’t always present but it doesn’t usually take long for him to appear. And who knows - you may be first to see a female osprey drop by!

Watch the live video feed from his nest

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