The huge inlet of the Firth of Forth loomed up ahead as clouds bubbled up over the Pentland hills. The crossing was uneventful and Ozzie continued north over Loch Leven and up the Tay valley. Ozzie began to hit a few short showers and coming through one found himself over the Loch of Lowes. Beneath him another male Osprey was already in residence. It was the bird that had led Ozzie across the desert into Morocco thirteen days before. This time he wasn't so amenable and came up to guide Ozzie through his territory. Ozzie was too high for close contact and had no intention of  stopping anyway, the Loch of Lowes Osprey remained unchallenged. Later that day he would greet his mate of four years.

Ozzie's expectation was rising as he neared his destination; it gave him strength. By 1pm he passed Killiecrankie, up the Tummel and then Garry river valleys as he contemplated the crossing of the Cairngorm massif. At Blair Atholl he rashly opted to branch up Glen Tilt as the headwaters of  the Garry was leading him too far west. Glen Tilt was steep and the  ground rose up to meet Ozzies cruising height. Ozzie made height too into patchy cloud. He passed east of the snow covered An Scarsoch at over 1000 metres where a group of hill walkers saw him: their first ever 'Golden Eagle'. Then he was over the ridge and into Glen Feshie, skirting west of the Cairngorm massif proper. In the late afternoon the Spey valley opened up before him, after 950 days he was home.

Male Ospreys usually return to breed within a few kilometres of where they were hatched. Once they establish a territory they normally return to it every year. Females are less likely to breed close to where they hatched, but once they are paired the pair remain faithful until one of the pair dies.