A third egg has been laid in the famous osprey nest at Perthshire’s Loch of the Lowes, raising hopes that chicks will follow.
Volunteers have been monitoring the nest closely since the female Osprey LF15 and her mate, Laddie, returned.
A first egg was laid on April 4 – one of the earliest recordings of an egg at the site – and two more have followed.
Previous years have seen mixed result for the pair but the Scottish Wildlife Trust is hoping they will successfully become parents once again.
Perthshire Ranger Charlotte Fleming said: “Our staff and volunteers are watching the nest around the clock to ensure that there is no human disturbance, giving our osprey pair their best chance of successfully hatching their eggs in just a few weeks’ time.”
Ospreys typically lay two to three eggs and then incubate them for an average of 37 days, which means the first hatching could take place as early as May 11.