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'Gremlins' upset osprey tracking

Osprey spend the winter away from Scotland

An unexplained technical glitch temporarily affected the satellite tracking of a young bird of prey on its migration from the Highlands.

Rothes - one of three ospreys raised at RSPB Scotland's Loch Garten reserve - was shown to be flying erratically.

Blogging on a website set up to record the fortunes of the reserve's ospreys, manager Richard Thaxton blamed gremlins in the system.

Rothes has been traced to southern England on her journey to Africa.

The female is the first of five ospreys at the reserve to migrate.

Parent birds EJ and Odin along with two other youngsters, Mallachie and Garten, have still to leave Loch Garten.

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