An osprey has returned to her nest near a Powys reservoir for the third year running.

Seren, who is also known as 5F, arrived back at Llyn Clywedog for the spring and summer seasons after spending the winter in Africa.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has confirmed that the live stream footage is back for wildlife lovers to enjoy, and this time it is hoped to run for 24 hours a day with infra-red technology to allow nighttime viewing.

Seren, also known as 5F, at the Llyn Clywedog osprey nest near Llanidloes. Picture by Natural Resources Wales

Seren, also known as 5F, at the Llyn Clywedog osprey nest near Llanidloes. Picture by Natural Resources Wales

John Williams, Technical Support Land Management for NRW said: "Spring has certainly sprung when an osprey returns to Llyn Clywedog. With our enhanced viewing capabilities, we hope to be able to give people an even closer insight to these special birds.

"While we hope for another successful season, we know only too well that nature is unpredictable and anything could happen. The only way to find out is to keep your eye on the live streams.

"Osprey numbers are improving after being persecuted for decades in the UK. Projects like this help to give them a stronger foothold and to educate people about these wonderful birds."

Taking on board the feedback from followers NRW officers have made significant improvements to the live stream camera set-up which has captivated viewers for the last two years.

One camera will focus solely on the nest while a newly installed second camera will have a wider angle, enabling it to share footage of two perches situated alongside the nest – a viewpoint followers have been eager to experience for some time.

The cameras will run on separate live streams online, meaning viewers can watch both camera feeds at the same time.

The live streams are available for free on YouTube by searching for 'Llyn Clywedog Ospreys', or by using the following link:

The nest was built by NRW staff on a platform high up in a sitka spruce tree in 2014 and has proven to be a productive incubator over the years, with 18 chicks fledging the nest and migrating since it was built in 2014.

The hope is that the other resident osprey will return to the nest for the season,and that they again reproduce. Ospreys can rear up to three chicks in a season.

Last year, Seren and male osprey Dylan reared only one chick after two eggs did not hatch following poor weather in April gave difficult incubating conditions.