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Ospreys defend desirable Loch Garten nest site

EJ on nest at Loch Garten. Image: RSPB
EJ has had to defend the nest against a rival female

A pair of osprey have battled with rival birds to defend a prime nest site at an RSPB reserve in the Highlands.

EJ, a regular visitor to Loch Garten near Aviemore, and mate Odin are incubating three eggs.

Reserve staff monitoring CCTV images watched anxiously as the eggs rolled around the nest as EJ scuffled with a rival female.

Odin has also had to defend the site against another osprey. Other species have also checked out the nest.

A kestrel, a pair of crossbill and a redstart have taken an interest in the long-established nest before moving on.

The RSPB said it was not uncommon for osprey to compete for nest sites.

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