Ospreys in Scotland!!

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Osprey at the nest, Loch of the Lowes
Most Easter's we take the caravan up to Scotland to visit our son Thomas who lives in Edinburgh and this year was no exception. We use a site just outside Edinburgh at Musselborough. This year we were blessed with exceptional weather which was perfect for photography. One of my first visits was to a local reserve - Musselborough Scrapes on Levenhall Links. This is usually a good spot for waders and ducks but was stangely quiet on the day I was there. On our first full day we went down to Aberlady Dunes where I hoped to get male stonechat. We called in at the Scottish Birdclub Centre on the way but it wasn't long before I was humping the 'big 500' over the reserve looking for Stonechats. I didn't have to go far before I found first a singing male and later the pair. I was delighted that the male bird allowed quite close views and I was pleased with some of the shots I took. Another visit took us to North Berwick towards the end of one afternoon. The tide was ebbing and the light was perfect for photographing the Eider Duck on the rocks. The highlight of the week though, without doubt, was the trip up to Dunkeld and the Loch of the Lowes for osprey. I was delighted to find the nest site 100 or so yards away across the loch opposite the hide. The female was sitting on one egg while we were there and showed herself quite nicely even leaving the nest for some exercise at one point. After a two hour wait I had specatular views of the male flying in across the loch and later he returned with a fish. Wonderful!!!