Animalcouriers arranged flights with BA for 12 osprey chicks to fly from Scotland to Spain as part of a breeding program for Urdaibai Bird Center in association with the University of the Basque Country.

The ospreys transited briefly through London Heathrow, where they were fast-tracked by BA to keep their journey time as short as possible.

The breeding program team wrote to tell us:

“Everything went well and all 12 chicks are now safely in the hacking cages* in the Basque country. All of them had a good transit and are now eating plenty of fresh fish, prior to release later in the month. Thanks very much for your help.  Be in touch next May.”

*Hacking cages are where young birds of prey are kept for a short time to adjust to a new environment before being released.

Ornithologist Roy Dennis was the main organiser in the UK. Roy’s website tells you about his foundation in Aberdeen where the chicks were bred.

To see where ospreys travel during their migration season, visit the RaptorTrack website.

The ospreys in their travel boxes

The ospreys in their travel boxes

This chick has a very beady eye!

This chick has a very beady eye!

Settling in to their hacking cages

Settling in to their hacking cages