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Third osprey takes maiden flight
Female osprey feeding chicks
The three ospreys chicks hatched in June
All three of the famous Lake District osprey chicks have now taken their maiden flight from their nest.

The chicks, who hatched in June, and their parents have attracted thousands of visitors to Bassenthwaite Lake.

The first two chicks took their first flight last week and the third took to the air on Tuesday. They are thought to be a male and two females.

Ospreys began breeding at the Lakes' site in 2001, for the first time in at least 150 years.

The same pair of ospreys, Fish King and his female partner GreenXS, had returned to the lake every spring - raising 10 chicks.

But earlier this year Fish King found romance with a new mate after his long-term partner failed to return from Africa.

'Sandwiches and flasks'

Pictures from the nest are shown on a giant screen at the nearby Whinlatter Centre.

Graeme Prest of the Lake District Osprey Project, said: "Some visitors have been so enthusiastic to see a chick make its first flight that they have spent virtually all day at the Whinlatter Centre glued to the big screen.

"People have come equipped with sandwiches and flasks to ensure they didn't miss the special moment."

It is estimated that tourists who come to see the ospreys generate about 1.7m for the Cumbrian economy.

The project is a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park Authority and the RSPB.


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