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The events of last night!

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Whilst I was lucky enough to witness our female laying her first egg, this time it was the turn of our Species Protection Officers, and Freya has written a fantastic account of how the event unfolded;

“At 01:03 this morning LF15 laid her second egg!”

LF15 with her two eggs © Scottish Wildlife Trust

LF15 with her two eggs © Scottish Wildlife Trust

“Ospreys usually lay eggs 2 to 3 days apart so we started the nightshift yesterday hoping that tonight would be the night that egg number 2 would arrive. The next few hours were spent in anticipation as she grew increasingly restless, shifting position ever more frequently. At 00:53 she stood up, raised her tail and began a high pitched calling, telling us that an egg would soon be on its way. Her tail began to pulse and in time her whole body was pulsing with contractions. At 01:03 she went still and stood up to reveal 2 eggs in the nest cup! After manoeuvring herself and her clutch into a suitable position she gently lay down to incubate them and had soon nodded off for a more peaceful rest of the night. Fingers crossed we will have a third egg in the nest shortly!”

LM12 on incubation duty © Scottish Wildlife Trust

LM12 on incubation duty © Scottish Wildlife Trust

We are all thrilled that our pair are currently sitting on 2 eggs but hope that by Monday there will be a full house of 3!

Keep checking back for further updates over the next few days for how our ospreys are getting on.

Charlotte,

Perthshire Ranger.

Original author: charlotteranger
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