Jan 24 2019

Loch Arkaig Osprey Dead in Spain

An osprey fledged from a nest on Loch Arkaig has been electrocuted to death on a power line in Spain. The sad news filtered through from Spanish birdwatchers on social media last week.

 

Pic by Lewis Pate. JH3 when he was ringed in 2017.

 

The bird was ringed as Blue JH3 but nicknamed “Pean” after the burn near his nest, which is further along the loch from Woodland Trust’s camera nest.

Pean was tagged within days of our nest camera chick – Lachlan – in 2017. Pean’s tag number is JH3. Lachlan is JH4.

In October 2018 he was spotted by Spanish birdwatchers at the Marjal Pego-Oliva Nature Park between Alicante and Valencia, where he became something of a celebrity. He was even poster-boy in publicity for an osprey census in the area. Sadly the osprey was electrocuted to death on a power line on December 28.

 

 

 

Pean’s electrocution caused a power cut in the area. His body was found by engineers called out to deal with the outage. The incident took place on agricultural land used to grow rice, just outside the nature reserve.

Birdwatchers in the area are campaigning for improvements to electricity supplies which pose a threat to birds.

 

 

JH3 photographed fishing in Spain

 

 

We’ve learnt that following these birds can be a roller-coaster for the emotions. They face a catalogue of dangers at every stage of their fascinating nomadic lives. But it is heartening to know there are folks in Spain as well as the UK fighting their cause.

Fingers crossed that Lachlan our nestcam star has not met a similar fate. He could potentially be back in the Loch Arkaig area this year. And we hope to see Louis and Aila raise more chicks too. 

The webcam, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be back online by Spring. 

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