Bassenthwaite ospreys: First chick flies the nest

Lake District ospreys Both chicks were hatched in June

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The first of two Lake District osprey chicks has flown the nest.

The young birds of prey hatched at the secure nest site at Bassenthwaite in June to a breeding pair thought to be different to previous residents.

Rangers from the Lake District Osprey Project watching the birds' progress on a webcam saw "a blur of tail feathers" as the young male became airborne.

It was later spotted aloft with both parents. The second chick, a female, is thought to be almost ready to fledge.

Ospreys returned to the Lake District in 2001, after an absence of more than 150 years.

A team of more than 100 volunteers provide a 24-hour guard at the site and crowds of people visit specially-created viewpoints to catch sight of the birds.

Live images from the nest are also being beamed to a big screen at the nearby Whinlatter visitor centre.

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