A year ago Animalcouriers arranged BA flights from Scotland to Spain for 12 Osprey chicks. The chicks were part of a a breeding program for Urdaibai Bird Center in association with the University of the Basque Country.

This year we were delighted to be asked to do the same again for another 11 chicks. We organised their flights with BA from Aberdeen to Madrid. They had a brief stopover at the Animal Reception Centre at London Heathrow, where they were checked over to make sure all was well. After touching down in Madrid, they continued their journey by road.

The move was again masterminded by Roy Dennis — the chicks were bred at his foundation in Aberdeen — and Dr Aitor Galarza, director of the Osprey Reintroduction Project. Roy let us know that the chicks travelled well and said he would be in touch again next year.

We also received wonderful photos of some of last year’s birds, all grown up and leading independent lives.

Checking the chicks on their arrival

Checking the chicks on their arrival

One of this year's youngsters in close-up

One of this year’s youngsters in close-up

Three of the young Ospreys ready to leave their cages last August

Three of the young Ospreys ready to leave their cages last August

One of last year's female Ospreys on the coast of Senegal last December

One of last year’s female Ospreys on the coast of Senegal last December