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Osprey chicks hatch at Rutland Water

The Rutland osprey chicks of 2010 hatch and receives their first meal of fish

After a five and a half week incubation period, three osprey eggs have hatched at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

At around 04:00 BST on Monday 31 May 2010, a hidden camera picked up the first chick breaking out of its shell.

Soon afterwards it was fed its first taste of fish by the mother, before the appearance of its sibling, 24 hours later. The third arrived on Wednesday.

The new arrivals mark the latest milestone in an osprey reintroduction project stretching back to 1996.

Anglian Water and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust have been working to bring ospreys back to England after an absence of around 150 years.

Ospreys at Rutland Water
The camera is giving us a unique and very intimate insight into the first hours of a young osprey's life
Tim Mackrill, Ospreys Project Officer

The nests have been monitored around the clock during the incubation period by a team of 150 volunteers, while live video streaming has seen people from across the world to follow their progress.

Osprey Project Officer at the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Tim Mackrill said, "This is the first time we've had a camera looking directly into a nest.

"It was incredibly exciting watching events unfold. The camera is giving us a unique and very intimate insight into the first hours of a young osprey's life."

Hatched chicks have also been reported on private land close to the nature reserve, making the Rutland osprey colony the largest and most productive in the country.

BBC Leicester will be following the ospreys' development, from eggs to fledge and beyond, so keep checking back for updates.

For up to the minute images see the Rutland Ospreys webcam

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