Ospreys back where they belong

A RECORD-BREAKING pair of ospreys has returned to its Northumberland nesting site after undertaking a mammoth 10,000 mile round trip to Africa and back.

The birds have gone back to Kielder Forest where it is hoped that they will raise their third brood in as many years.

Mike Pratt, from Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “We’re all delighted the ospreys are back at Kielder. The male arrived some time ago and we’ve been waiting with baited breath for his partner to return too.

“As is a woman’s prerogative she was fashionably late but we can confirm we have now spotted both of them on the nest.”

The pair was the first to breed on record in Northumberland in 2009 and successfully raised three chicks that year and then another three the following.

Ian Robinson, from the RSPB, said: “We have cameras on the nest and we have spotted the female eating a huge fish. The male has been displaying and preening himself.

“We look forward to seeing an aerial courtship display now and all being well they will once again raise a family.”

The ospreys have until early September to mate, produce chicks and teach their offspring to fish for themselves before going separate ways again.