Fa­ther’s Day joy for fa­mous os­prey Lone­some Louis

The Oban Times - - News -

FA­MOUS Lochaber os­prey Lone­some Louis’ love story con­tin­ued at the week­end when his two chicks were born.

The os­plets, as they are be­ing called, hatched over the week­end of Fa­ther's Day at Loch Arkaig For­est, which was re­cently pur­chased by Wood­land Trust Scot­land in part­ner­ship with lo­cal group Arkaig Com­mu­nity For­est.

Lone­some Louis was given the nick­name af­ter his mate failed to turn up ear­lier this year. But af­ter a long three­week wait to find his fe­male part­ner, Aila did even­tu­ally ap­pear and Louis was lovesick no more.

The pair are be­lieved to be young in­ex­pe­ri­enced birds in their first breed­ing at­tempt.

Wood­land Trust spokesman Ge­orge An­der­son said: ‘The Arkaig ospreys have been a big hit on­line, partly be­cause they are such novices. Louis in par­tic­u­lar is a bit goofy. He some­times brings a stick when a fish would be more wel­come but they are set­tling well into par­ent­hood now.'

All five nests in the vicin­ity failed to pro­duce chicks last year. It is be­lieved ex­tended rainy weather stopped the adult ospreys from fish­ing. Wood­land Trust Scot­land has plans for the long-term re­gen­er­a­tion of the spec­tac­u­lar for­est at Loch Arkaig, one of the largest re­main­ing frag­ments of an­cient Cale­do­nian pinewood re­main­ing.

The for­est was the site of com­mando train­ing dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, and a scene in the movie Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows was filmed there.

The nest cam­era, sup­ported by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery, is solar-pow­ered and will beam out live footage through­out the sum­mer.

Pho­to­graph: The Wood­land Trust.

Louis the Lone­some os­prey keeps vigil for his fe­male friend in Arkaig For­est.

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