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Three eggs at Lakes osprey nest

Osprey landing at Bassenthwaite
The birds attract thousands of visitors to Bassenthwaite each year

Cumbria's ospreys are incubating three eggs in what could be their ninth successful breeding season since the species returned to the Lakes.

When the male, known as "No Ring", first arrived at Bassenthwaite Lake in 2001, he became the first osprey to nest in the area in 150 years.

Since then he has fathered 16 chicks with his previous mate and the current female after they paired up in 2007.

It could be up to 40 days before the eggs hatch, say volunteers at the site.

Meanwhile, the Lake District Osprey Project, which protects the birds, is running a 24-hour nest guard.

The birds attract thousands of people to the area each year, providing a boost to the Lake District's economy.

Visitors to Bassenthwaite can watch them through high-powered telescopes at the Dodd Wood viewpoint, overlooking the lake.

Live images from the nest are also beamed to a big screen at the nearby Whinlatter visitor centre

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