Rescued Borders osprey in need of a rest

Vet David Campbell at Two Rivers in Peebles with a rescued Osprey.

Vet David Campbell at Two Rivers in Peebles with a rescued Osprey.

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A YOUNG osprey is now recuperating after being rescued, exhausted, from local fish ponds in Tweeddale on Monday.

Tweed Valley Osprey Project officer Diane Bennett was alerted and, after collecting the two-year-old male bird, which was ringed, she took it to the Two Rivers Vets practice in Peebles.

The bird was examined by vet David Campbell, right, and appears physically fine, but reluctant to fly.

Diane told TheSouthern this week she had fed the bird and attempted to release him but without success.

“On the advice of Tony Lightley from the Forestry Commisssion Conservation Manager – and a licensed ringer – I kept him overnight to feed again and intend taking him to the Barony College Wildlife unit at Dumfries,” explained Diane.

“He is one of our birds, ringed in the Upper Tweed Valley back in 2009. He was exhausted and the hope is that all he needs is some time to rest and recuperate and he’ll be able to be successfully released.

“Hopefully that won’t take long as it will soon be time for our ospreys to be migrating back to Africa for the winter.”