Birdwatchers in Wales are celebrating the birth of a rare chick.

The only breeding pair of ospreys in the principality hatched a chick late last night, with the event being captured on a 24-hour camera.

While the Welsh ospreys can’t match the three-in-a-nest shenanigans of their Scottish cousins at Loch Garten, they have successfully produced one offspring from their clutch of three eggs.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(RSPB), which keeps a constant watch on the nest at Glaslyn, near Porthmadog, Gwynedd, said: “The female is still incubating the remaining two eggs but, when she gets up to turn them and stretch her legs, we can zoom in on the chick and see it in all its fluffy glory.

“We have had masses of people here today checking out the little one and we expect even more over the weekend, as we are hoping for a second little beak to emerge on Saturday.

“Let's hope the next is more considerate of its viewing public and comes out when we are all gathered around the screens in the visitor centre.”

Ospreys, which are fish eaters, live in Africa and spend the summer in Britain. They were hunted to near extinction in the UK in the 19th century, but were reintroduced.

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