Loch Arkaig Ospreys – Louis and Aila
Last year people all over the world followed the exploits of our Loch Arkaig osprey pair, thanks to a live web stream supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The great news is that the birds are back, the camera is on and the whole magical story is beginning again.
This offers one of our more unusual volunteering opportunities. Working from home our nine osprey cam volunteers review each day’s footage so we don’t miss anything important, then snip clips which can go on to Youtube and through social media channels. We also have a volunteer who lives within binocular distance of the nest and keeps everybody updated on the ospreys in the wider landscape.
We named the male Lonesome Louis when we first saw him last year, because it took him nearly three weeks to get a girlfriend. He was the very epitome of dopey teenager – bringing sticks when she wanted a fish, and being a bit slow to do the needful.
Not so this year. There is no way to put this delicately – he’s very focused on the task at hand!
So hopefully we can expect eggs to be laid by the end of the month and chicks to hatch perhaps 37 days after that.
Last year the pair hatched three eggs but only one chick – Lachlan – was raised successfully. As novices this was a good result. As both birds now have the benefit of experience behind them we can cross our fingers they do as well or even better in 2018.