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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May, 2005, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
Second chick for famous ospreys
Adult osprey appears to feed a chick
The female osprey stays in the nest while the male hunts.
A second egg has hatched in the nest of two rare birds of prey in Cumbria.

More than 2,000 birdwatchers flocked to the Lake District following the hatching of the first osprey egg on Saturday at Bassenthwaite Lake.

The Lake District Osprey Project, which is co-ordinating the re-introduction of the birds to the region, said the second egg hatched on Monday evening.

Fingers are now crossed that the third and final egg in the nest will hatch over the next few days.

More then 2,000 people visited the Whinlatter visitor centre and the Dodd Wood viewpoint on Saturday and Sunday to see the first chick.

'Tourism lifeline'

The project to repopulate Cumbria with ospreys is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and the RSPB, with the support of the Lake District National Park Authority.

David Hirst from the RSPB said: "Over the weekend we had about 700 people per day at Whinlatter and 500 at Dodd Wood.

First osprey chick
The first egg hatched in the early hours of Saturday.

"They have really captured the public imagination and provided a lifeline for tourism in the region over the past few years."

The survival of the chicks now depends on weather conditions over the next few weeks, added Mr Hirst.

He said: "While the chicks are being raised the male will do all the hunting and the female stays in the nest.

"They are only a few days old, and it will be some time yet until we know if they are in full health. Cold or damp can be a big problem.

"We are obviously over the moon with two chicks, and very excited about the prospect of a third one."


SEE ALSO:
Chick joy for rare birds of prey
28 May 05 |  Cumbria
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