Three osprey chicks at a Highlands wildlife reserve face hunger after their father’s failure to return to the nest with fish.
Odin has been absent for the previous few days leaving his mate EJ alone with their newly hatched chicks.
RSPB Scotland says it could be flawed to intervene within the scenario at Loch Garten close to Grantown on Spey.
It says the birds, which migrate to Scotland to breed, are of their pure habitat.
EJ and Odin are the RSPB reserves most profitable breeding pair.
Their newest clutch of three eggs hatched over the previous few days.
Nevertheless, employees and volunteers on the reserve suspect a younger male osprey could have frightened off Odin.
EJ’s intuition is to stay along with her younger on the nest, which has come below assault from two ospreys.
The RSPB has set out a proof to why it is not going to intervene and feed the chicks in its Loch Garten weblog.
It stated: “We truly imagine our non-intervention resolution affords the birds the respect and dignity they need to face the world on their very own phrases.
“Generally nature is difficult to look at and it would not at all times work out.
“This may be troublesome to witness and settle for. We share in everybody else’s disappointment and disappointment when that occurs, we actually do, however we really feel that human intervention in a pure course of is just not the right plan of action, morally or scientifically.
EJ, who’s 20 years outdated this 12 months, has been visiting Loch Garten for 15 years and has reared 25 chicks over that point with mate Odin and different males.
The primary chick hatched on Tuesday night and the others adopted over the course of the week, with final one rising from its egg on Thursday.
The nest is in a tree on an RSPB Scotland reserve close to Grantown on Spey.
EJ and her mate Odin are probably the most profitable breeding pair on the Loch Garten web site.
Over earlier seasons, 17 of their chicks have fledged.
Ospreys migrate from west Africa to Scotland to breed and will be seen attempting to find fish from rivers and lochs.