A bird of prey that was near extinction is being helped back to healthy numbers in the Scottish Borders.
The Tweed Valley Osprey conservation project looks after ten nests in secret locations near Innerleithen.
For the tenth year running a pair have returned to the same spot to breed.
Three chicks have been tagged this morning, to prepare for them flying the nest.
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.
Hopes are high that a new pair of ospreys in Cumbria will make it 13 years of successful breeding at a site near Bassenthwaite.
Both of the birds are unringed and experts believe they are new to the area.
The first osprey egg in Scotland was laid at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project near Peebles the Scottish Borders last week.
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.
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.
Organisers for the Tweed Valley Osprey project are hoping for a busy viewing season now that they have spotted two eggs in the next.
The first egg was laid around the 9th of April which means hatching could be as early as mid May, possibly making the chick the first to hatch in Scotland.
The organisers for the project have spotted two eggs to date but because the nest is piled high there could be more just out of sight