Ospreys set up home near Banchory

Ron Low built the nesting platform five years ago.
Ron Low built the nesting platform five years ago.

A pair of ospreys have taken up residence on the outskirts of Banchory.

A man-made nesting platform was built around five years ago by Ron Low, joint owner of Raemoir Trout Fishery, and his hard work has now paid off.

The pair of ospreys took occupation of the nest last month on their return from their wintering in West Africa, mainly Gambia and Senegal.

The female was leg-ringed as a chick in June, 2010, near Tain in Easter Ross, but the male is not ringed and is therefore of an unknown age.

The pair have been bringing branches to the nest site daily.

Mr Low told the Piper: “The platform was located 200 yards into the forest bordering the fishery, but in full view of the fishery.

“Scottish & Southern Energy and Forest Scotland assisted me in this speculative venture.

“The nest platform is a substantial structure made of box steel, approximately five feet in diameter onto which I wired a framework of dead branches, finishing with an overall diameter of six feet.

“This mirrors the dimensions of a naturally constructed osprey nest.”