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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 April, 2003, 12:46 GMT 13:46 UK
Love conquers for Olive osprey
Osprey - generic picture
Scotland boasts 130 mating pairs of osprey
An osprey who flew from West Africa to Scotland so she could nest has found a new partner.

Olive made the 3,000 mile journey to reclaim her old home.

And bird experts say she has now been joined at RSPB Scotland's Abernethy reserve on Loch Garten by a male arrival.

After a week of waiting, fears were growing that Olive may not find a mate this year.

But the young male osprey turned up at the loch site carrying a fish - a sure sign of friendship, according to experts.

It is a happy outcome for Olive, who was left bereft of her long-term mate Ollie after the male bird failed to return to the reserve last year.

Within 20 minutes we witnessed their first mating, quickly followed by a second, third and fourth
Richard Thaxton
RSPB Scotland
RSPB Scotland's Loch Garten site manager Richard Thaxton said: "When the male arrived, he was hovering five metres or so above the nest before releasing his fish in mid air, the fish missed Olive by a matter of inches.

"What an introduction.

"However it seemed to impress Olive as within 20 minutes we witnessed their first mating, quickly followed by a second, third and fourth."

Olive, who has been travelling back to her old haunt for the last decade, has already seen 18 of her chicks fledge over the last 10 years and has become a popular and well-known visitor to the reserve.

There are about 130 mating pairs of osprey in Scotland whose mating season lasts for about 10 weeks from late April.


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