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Osprey chicks learn to fly

The final two Osprey chicks born this year in Kielder Water & Forest Park have taken their first flights.

Experts from the Forestry Commission watching the Osprey nest on live CCTV in Kielder Castle say the male chick - called Jubilee Jack - took to the skies after spending hours bouncing up and down on the nest.

When he failed to land after one hop it was his shadow cast on the tree top eerie that showed he was enjoying his first 40 second 'powered' flight.

That encouraged his sister - dubbed Queenie - to take the same bouncy route to becoming airborne soon after.

Watching the action unfold was Kielder Osprey Watch Volunteer.

"It was really exciting and everyone in Kielder Castle was gripped by the whole thing. Both chicks had been stretching their wings for a few days and after their flight a pleased looking mum joined them on the nest and Dad brought in a fish. The weather was pretty breezy at the time and that may have helped the birds get aloft."

– Joanne Dailey, from Wark.

"This latest news means that we should have at least seven ospreys hunting on Kielder Water over the next month, so it is a great time to catch a glimpse of this majestic bird on the wing. Chicks have to grow up incredibly fast and will be taught how to hunt by their parents before setting off on their own on a long winter migration to Sub-Saharan Africa."

– Kevin Hudson, Northumbrian Water Leisure Manager