Three six-week-old osprey chicks are being ringed in the Tweed Valley Forest Park as part of a conservation project.
Around 160 chicks have been ringed since the Tweed Valley Osprey Project began in 1999.
"Every year, we ring the new osprey chicks so that we can track them for years to come and this helps us monitor the success of the project. We can get an insight of where they travel to and where they nest back in the UK.
"During the ringing process, Forestry Commission Scotland's conservation managers also take the time to give them a thorough health check, making sure they are a good weight and show no signs of ill health.
"The Tweed Valley Osprey Project is proving a great success and we are thrilled also that members of the public can watch the birds closely at our two live viewing centres at Glentress forest and Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles.
"It's a great advert for the Year of Natural Scotland."
The first osprey egg in Scotland has been laid in the Borders. Staff at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project near Peebles say they are delighted. The birds only arrived back at their secret nest on April 3rd. Ospreys have been nesting in the Tweed Valley for more than 15 years.
"It's been another year of pretty bad weather for them but it seems that the ospreys are getting used to dealing with the cold and snow when they first return.
"This is the tenth season where they've come back to a sturdy nest, thanks to the work of Forestry Commission Scotland's conservation rangers, and with this first egg, things are looking promising.
"As you'd expect, the mother osprey has been fussing over it and has made sure that she's found the best position for incubation. Hopefully there will be more eggs to come - but for now it's all good news."
Osprey chicks in the Scottish Borders are being ringed, to keep track of their movements. It allows conservationists to keep track of the bird's migration patterns. There are around 250 ospreys in the UK, mostly in Scotland. There are 9 known breeding pairs of ospreys in the Tweed Valley.
Osprey chicks in the Scottish Borders are being ringed, to keep track of their movements. It allows conservationists to keep track of the bird's migration patterns. There are only 250 ospreys in the UK, mostly in Scotland. There are 9 known breeding pairs of ospreys in the Tweed Valley.