THE Ministry of the Environment has confirmed that one of the four osprey chicks reintroduced into the Pego-Oliva marshes has died, killed as a result of coming into contact with an electricity pylon. Pylons and wires are seen as the main dangers to the rare birds and have been removed or made safe in their home environment. However, ospreys are migratory birds and the bird, named Quillo, was killed in Morocco last month while on its travels.
Despite this setback, the project is still judged an overall success as the creatures have settled in and there are plans to introduce four more chicks in 2020. This will mean that the area will be well on the way to having a breeding colony of the creatures that used to be relatively common until humans became their biggest enemy, mainly through hunting and over-development of their natural territory. Of the remaining three young birds, two have followed migratory patterns to Africa while one has chosen to stay in this part of the world, spending most of its time in the flooded paddy fields of northern Valencia. In contrast one of the trios has been tracked to the French city of Toulouse before travelling to Morocco and across the Sahara Desert while it is currently in Senegal, over 3,000 kilometres from its Pego homeland.