An air of excitement prevails at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum as, for the first time, breeding osprey have produced eggs at the premises.
The birds, had occupied the purpose built pseudo nest with last year, but failed to produce eggs. The pair arrived on cue again in early April, the male preceding the female by six days.
Lochter Manager, John Webster said: “Last year was the worst year on record for breeding ospreys in Scotland, but this year both birds are very relaxed in the nest.
“The first egg was laid on April 24 followed by another three days later, but we suspect there might be a third.”
Having had osprey visit the lochs over a number of years, and with the installation of CCTV in 2011, Lochter staff have been able to study the birds in detail.
John explained: “Osprey usually lay two to three eggs, and the survival rate is high. If three hatch, then there is a good chance the young will survive.
“We are very excited to be able to watch the young as they hatch and develop. The eggs are due to hatch at the beginning of June.”
The resident ospreys have become more and more confident to fish amongst people at Lochter, which sometimes attracts visiting osprey. Earlier this week saw a third male land on the nest but he was quickly chased off by the resident male.