Oldest breeding osprey hatches 50th chick at Loch of the Lowes

Osprey surprises keepers after laying 64th egg
Golden egg: The latest chick is Lady's 50th fledgling.

The UK's oldest breeding osprey has hatched her first chick of 2013.

Known as Lady, the bird has been returning to the Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld for more than two decades.

Lady returned to her Perthshire nest at the end of March for the 23rd year running and has since laid four eggs and, if the new arrival survives, it will be her 50th fledgling.

Her every move is captured on a special webcam which is monitored round the clock by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Birdwatchers travel from far and wide to catch a glimpse of Lady, who has now brought double the average number of ospreys into the world.

All eyes are now on the baby chick to see if it does survive but there are three more eggs in Lady's nest.

Staff believe one of these is beyond hatching but are hopeful they will see at least one more chick appear in the coming days.

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