Tragedy for Luna

Very sad news

Luna never made it off English shores. She got as far as the Blandford Forum area of Dorset, where she roosted overnight. On her flight the next morning, tragically, she struck overhead power lines. She broke her wing and was taken to the vet, but was put to sleep as they couldn’t save her.

301 dead

Luna was recovered close to the power line shown in the google image . The red dot was her last tracked point.

10 thoughts on “Tragedy for Luna

  1. Sal Lloyd

    What terrible news. I am at a loss to understand why nature has dictated that two thirds of these wonderful birds will perish (albeit not always by natural causes) before they are even given a chance to live.
    Some consolation if there is any that she was found and relieved of her suffering sooner than might have been had she not been tagged and traceable.
    RIP Luna

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    1. dianetweedvalleyospreys Post author

      Thanks Sal, we are all very sad to lose Luna so tragically. It is particularly hard for the volunteers who have monitored the nest via the camera link all season too and become so attached to this family and we had high hopes for the two satellite tagged offspring. We hoped to follow their progress for a long time.

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  2. Sal Lloyd

    Your dedication and perseverance is awe-inspiring, especially when outcomes are completely unknowable.
    To carry on regardless with no guarantee of success is nothing short of perfection in human endeavour. If things forever worked out there would be no joy in the positives.
    I and I’m sure many many others will be watching for Hope’s progress, and for Buzz to return in the years to come.
    Never give up 🙂 x

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  3. Lisa Kennedy

    I was so sorry to read about Luna, Diane. You all must be devastated. If there is any consolation, it is that she was found and is suffering no more. My heart goes out to you and everyone at the Tweed Valley Osprey project.

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