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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July, 2005, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Lakes osprey chick takes flight
Lake District osprey chick
Two osprey chicks were born at the Lake District nest
One of two recently-hatched osprey chicks has taken its first flight from a pine tree nest in the Lake District.

The youngster's maiden flight took place on Friday afternoon and was watched by visitors at the Osprey Viewpoint at Dodd Wood, near Keswick.

The bird launched itself from the nest overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake a few moments after the adult male had delivered a fish to the nest.

The pair of ospreys first nested at Bassenthwaite Lake in 2001.

The birds have become a star tourist attraction in Cumbria with thousands of people visiting the two public viewing sites provided by the Lake District Osprey Project.

Huge cheer

The second osprey chick is still in the nest, but is likely to following the example of its older sibling within the next few days.

The chick's first flight was also watched live on a big screen at the Forestry Commission's Whinlatter Visitor Centre, where a huge cheer went up when the young osprey took off.

It is thought the bird that has flown is the older of the two chicks, believed to be a female.

The adult pair nested 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.




SEE ALSO:
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