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Last Updated: Friday, 13 July 2007, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
'Delight' at ospreys' condition
Osprey ringing/Pic: Forestry Commission Picture Library
The birds were checked over several weeks after hatching
Three osprey chicks nesting in Aberfoyle have received a clean bill of health after a routine check.

The birds hatched five weeks ago, and were weighed, measured and tagged by Forestry Commission staff.

The leg rings will be used by wildlife experts to follow the chicks' development and identify them should they return to Scotland to breed.

The ospreys are constantly monitored by CCTV cameras at the David Marshall Lodge viewing centre.

Education officer Andy Simkins said: "The chicks were carefully checked over and we are delighted that they are in good health.

"We hope to get some reasonable weather over the next few weeks so that the adult male can continue to bring sufficient fish to the nest so that all three will eventually successfully fledge and eventually leave sometime in September for West Africa.

Osprey ringing/Pic: Forestry Commission Picture Library
Staff at Aberfoyle say they are delighted at the chicks' progress

"At this stage their legs are fully formed and they are not yet preparing to fly, so there is little risk of panic jumping or the ring getting tighter."

He added: "The ringing is an important part of the conservation work carried out in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

"Should our chicks return in three years to breed in Scotland, the rings will help us identify them and will provide an invaluable insight into the lives of our ospreys."

It is the first time three chicks have hatched in Aberfoyle in a single year, giving further evidence that Scotland's osprey population is flourishing.


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