Intrepid raptor workers, Lewis and Rachel scaled a 70-foot pine tree at Loch Arkaig over the weekend - to measure and ring the osprey chick that has been the star of our live nest camera.
Based on the age and size of the chick, it is thought to be a male. At 35 days old it has a body mass of 1,305g and wingspan of 291mm. A female would probably be bigger at this point.
In the comments on our live feed, debate has been raging over what to call him. Lachlan is the name that seems to come up the most.
Introducing Lachlan, the latest Loch Arkaig osprey
Lachlan has a blue coloured and numbered tag on his left leg, which will allow him to be identified at a distance throughout his life, so we look forward to following his story.
Here’s a random fact that might win you a pub quiz one day! Scottish ospreys get their blue number tags on the left leg while English and Welsh birds are colour tagged on the right. So if you saw an osprey in Africa you’d be able to tell quickly if it was from Scotland or not.
While all this was going on, Dad, Louis was off fishing and missed the drama. Mum, Aila flew around a little before perching in a nearby tree. Once Lewis and Rachel were back down the tree Louis arrived with a fish and the birds were soon back to their normal routine.
Restoring Loch Arkaig
The nest is at Loch Arkaig Pine Forest, recently purchased by Woodland Trust Scotland in partnership with local group Arkaig Community Forest. The nest camera is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and it is so great to be able to share this insight into just some of the wild lives of Loch Arkaig.