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New romance for abandoned osprey

The osprey and the nest
The male osprey at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's Cors Dyfi reserve before he disappeared

A female osprey, abandoned by her partner after setting up home on a man-made nest, has found love with another male bird who has moved in.

But it is thought to be too late for them to produce chicks this year.

Thousands of people flocked to see the original pair in their 50ft (15.2m)-tall man-made nest at Cors Dyfi nature reserve near Machynlleth, Powys.

They began nesting in April, when they were thought to be only the second breeding pair in Wales.

Emyr Evans of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (MWT), which manages the reserve, said 10,000 visitors had seen the ospreys in a little over a month.

"The male bird went missing a few weeks ago. The female was by herself for three weeks and then another male bird arrived," he added.

White paint

"They've only had a couple of weeks to become acquainted and by the time it reaches June it's usually too late for ospreys to breed.

"The birds will remain on the nest until September when they will migrate, but we're hopeful they will return next year.

"Like humans, it takes birds time to become acquainted and to settle down."

Built on top of a telegraph pole, their nest has been dotted with white paint to resemble bird droppings, which experts said made it more authentic.

At an osprey nesting site at Aberglaslyn near Porthmadog in Gwynedd, three chicks have safely hatched.

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