22 March 2018
A female osprey has returned to a Highlands nature reserve for what RSPB Scotland says is her 15th breeding season.
The bird, known to conservationists as EJ, was spotted at her nest at the RSPB's Loch Garten reserve in the Cairngorms on Wednesday.
Ospreys migrate from west Africa to Scotland to breed and can be seen hunting for fish from rivers and lochs.
EJ is Loch Garten's most successful breeding female osprey.
During last year's breeding season, she refused to leave her clutch of eggs even after being buried under snow.