It has just been confirmed that a fourth pair of ospreys are breeding in Kielder Water and Forest Park. A new platform was erected by the Forestry Commission in early Spring 2015 and within a few weeks a male settled on it and attracted a female. Last year they bonded but did not lay eggs. In 2016 they have been observed incubating as this record shot shows.
The male, colour ringed Blue 69, hatched in 2011 at Loch Lomond. He was first confirmed as a visitor to Kielder in 2014 when he landed briefly on Nest 2. He clearly liked the Kielder area and was back last Spring to find the new platform and he stayed. He was seen at the active nests too.
Here is Blue 69 last year during a spat with a Crow.
This is very exciting news for Kielder and a perfect reward for sustained conservation work.