Oldest osprey


The Wicked Sword Maiden
Jun 14, 2005
Oldest osprey 'Lady' lays 59th egg at Loch of Lowes

The female osprey has returned to Loch of the Lowes for the past 21 consecutive years

An osprey thought to be the oldest breeding female in the UK has laid another egg at a Perthshire wildlife reserve, it has been announced.

The bird, known as Lady, has returned to the Loch of the Lowes reserve near Dunkeld to breed for more than two decades.

However, her fertility had been under doubt as she is now 26-years-old.
Anna Cheshier, Scottish Wildlife Trust's Perthshire ranger, said it was "remarkable" to see eggs on the nest.

She said: "Ospreys live an average of eight years and are estimated to produce 20 eggs during that time.

"Producing 59 eggs over 21 consecutive breeding years makes her an incredible specimen of the bird world."

What great news! Hopefully the eggs will hatch and ensure the continuation of this wonderful bird of prey.

BBC News - Oldest osprey 'Lady' lays 59th egg at Loch of Lowes
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