Loch Arkaig

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

THE OS­PREY chick at Loch Arkaig has be­gun to stretch its wings.

Nick­named ‘Boblet’ by on­line os­prey fans from around the world, the chick is just a month old.

Wood­land Trust Scot­land and lo­cal part­ners Arkaig Com­mu­nity For­est bought Loch Arkaig pine for­est ear­lier this year.

The nest is fit­ted with a cam­era, thanks to sup­port from play­ers of the Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

While only ten­ta­tively flap­ping its wings at the mo­ment, it won’t be long be­fore this chick fledges and flies off to the warmer climes of Africa for the win­ter.

The live feed page from the cam­era has at­tracted a com­mu­nity of avid os­prey watch­ers from just the other side of the loch to the other side of the globe.

Wood­land Trust Scot­land staff named the adult birds Louis and Aila, but it was page com­men­ta­tors that ar­rived at ‘Boblet’, re­flect­ing the bob­ble-stage of a young chick.

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