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Osprey chicks ringed at Loch Arkaig

Our two osprey chicks at Loch Arkaig - the stars of our live osprey cam - have been ringed, and now we're looking for names.

All photos: Lewis Pate / WTML
All photos: Lewis Pate / WTML

Bill of health

Our osprey chicks at Loch Arkaig were ringed and measured on Thursday 04 July by raptor expert Lewis Pate.

Gender is assessed on a series of comparative measurements and the charts tell us we have two females.

The first chick, hatched on 01 June, has been fitted with ring tag number JJ0. The second, hatched a few days later on 04 June, has ring number JJ2.

Despite an initial size difference between the two chicks, both now weigh in at 1.49kg.

The size of the two chicks has gradually equalised as they've grown.
The size of the two chicks has gradually equalised as they've grown.
A bag is used to keep the chicks secure as they're being moved for measuring and ringing.
A bag is used to keep the chicks secure as they're being moved for measuring and ringing.
The 'egg tooth' used to help the chick break out of the egg is still visible at the beak's tip.
The 'egg tooth' used to help the chick break out of the egg is still visible at the beak's tip.
Mum Aila returned to a neighbouring tree to keep watch on the chicks soon after the ringers departed. It wasn’t too long before Dad Louis brought in a fish and all was back to normal.
Mum Aila returned to a neighbouring tree to keep watch on the chicks soon after the ringers departed. It wasn’t too long before Dad Louis brought in a fish and all was back to normal.

Our Loch Arkaig osprey nest camera is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Name our girls

We'll be taking suggestions for names over on our osprey cam page for a few days before putting the best ones to a public vote.

It's all a bit of fun, but while you're there you could also enter our free competition to win an exclusive tour of Loch Arkaig with Lewis Pate, who ringed the birds.

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