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Osprey stands on and kills chick
EJ on the nest on Friday. Picture courtesy of RSPB Scotland
Hopes are now pinned on the remaining two eggs
A bird of prey that kicked an arch-rival's eggs from a nest is now believed to have stood on and killed one of his own chicks.

Osprey Henry destroyed the clutch at Loch Garten, near Aviemore, after returning to find his long-time mate EJ had mated with another male, VS.

However, he went on to father a fresh three eggs with EJ and the first chick hatched early on Thursday.

RSPB staff believe the young bird has died after Henry trampled on it.

It is thought that he may have killed his own offspring accidentally while trying to free himself from a piece of fishing line.

The incident, which took place during a rollercoaster breeding season at the reserve, has upset observers and workers.

Two eggs

Henry arrived from wintering in West Africa to find EJ had laid eggs with rival male VS.

Henry kicked the eggs from the nest, before fathering a fresh clutch which EJ has been incubating.

Hopes for the breeding season are now pinned on the remaining two eggs.

RSPB officials are hoping that they will hatch successfully over the weekend.


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