Bassenthwaite female osprey lays second egg

Osprey nest The bird laid her second egg on Saturday

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An osprey which successfully produced two chicks last year has laid two eggs at its nest in the Lake District.

Ringed as KL, she successfully mated at the site last year with an unringed male and raised two healthy chicks at the nest at Bassenthwaite near Keswick.

On Wednesday, she laid her first egg of the season and now the bird has laid a second egg.

A ranger for the Lake District Osprey Project said he was "optimistic" she may lay a third.

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

Over the last 13 years, more than 20 chicks have been raised at the nest.

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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