‘Lady’ the Loch Of The Lowes Osprey thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has laid her first egg of the season.
Concerns for the safety of a missing osprey chick have been eased after a satellite tracked his tag.
Blue 44 was born to 27-year-old Lady eight weeks ago at the Loch of the Lowes reserve in Perthshire.
On Monday he took his first flight but despite searches by volunteers hasn’t been seen since.
However, staff at the Scottish Wildlife Trust said data from the bird’s tag had shown recent activity, suggesting the young bird is alive and well.
The trust said it was unusual for an osprey chick to fledge and not return to the nest within 24 hours, but not unheard of.
On some occasions the young birds are daunted by their first flight and reluctant to try again.
Staff suspect this is what happened to Blue 44.
They said they were optimistic following the new satellite information which showed the bird was moving and that the altitude meter indicated he was keeping to the tree tops.
The trust said they were now scaling back the searches in order to reduce the disruption to the area and hoped that would encourage Blue 44 to return to the nest.
An osprey which is thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has hatched an egg at the LochoftheLowes wildlifereserve in Dunkeld.
The osprey ,known as Lady – hatched her 62nd egg on Mondaynight.
Almost 20,000 people were watching developments via webcam.
Lady has returned to the Loch of the Lowes reserve for 22 consecutive years, producing 48 chicks that have fledged.
She has laid three eggs this year.
The new chick is the first at the reserve since 2010. Lady’s eggs failed to hatch last year, despite being proved to be fertile.
Emma Rawling, a ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said:
“To successfully fledge this number of eggs is a quite unbelievable achievement.
“We expect her to reach the milestone of 50 later in the week.
“We’ve had interest from all over the world and people visiting in their droves since the eggs were laid.”
She added that the chicks would be tagged to monitor the exact routes, timings and behaviours of the birds as they migrate.