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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 July, 2004, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Watchers miss first osprey flight
Osprey chick
The osprey chick took to the air in the early morning
A recently-hatched osprey chick has taken its first flight from its Lake District nest.

But the chick's maiden flight came too early in the day for eager bird watchers.

The chick, believed to be a female, took the plunge early Wednesday from the nest in Wythop Forest near Keswick.

The adult ospreys and their chick have become a star tourist attraction in Cumbria, with thousands of people visiting two public viewing sites.

Bill Kenmir of The Lake District Osprey Project, said: "This is fantastic news and we are thrilled that another young osprey has successfully flown from this special nest.

"This is another feather in the cap for the Lake District, as these birds continue to attract local, national and international interest.

Nest camera

"We are delighted that so many people have been able to enjoy watching the ospreys at the facilities provided by the Lake District Osprey Project and they will be able to follow the action until the end of August.

"The successful return of ospreys to Lakeland is a tribute to the hard work of all the volunteers and staff involved in this project.

"We are grateful to them all for their support and dedication and thank everyone who has helped by backing the project."

Telescopes have been trained on the nest from the Dodd Wood Viewpoint, which will remain open to the public until the end of August, with pictures beamed from a 'spy on the nest' camera.

The pair of ospreys first nested at Bassenthwaite Lake in 2001 as the result of a natural recolonisation of England and they were the first recorded pair to breed in Lakeland for at least 150 years.

So far, they have successfully raised four chicks - one in 2001, two in 2002 and one last year.

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