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Fish faux pas by troublesome bird

Osprey on Loch Garten next site (Pic: RSPB)
An osprey on the nest site at Loch Garten

A male bird of prey with a reputation for being a poor mate has sparked concerns for a RSPB Scotland reserve's osprey breeding season.

VS, recognised by his initialled orange leg ring, played a part in an unsuccessful season last year at Loch Garten, near Aviemore.

The reserve's Richard Thaxton said he had turned up and mated with regular female EJ.

He later returned to the nest with a fish but gave it to another female.

Mr Thaxton said VS could not be relied on to catch fish for EJ and her clutch. Eggs could be laid by next weekend.

He and staff have pinned hopes on a more reliable male, Henry, returning and mating with EJ.


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