03’s Return

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day, if a little cold with a stiff westerly adding a chill to the air. It felt like the sort of day that an Osprey may return. We were right!

At 12:30 John arrived at Site B and was greeted by the sight of 03(97) snoozing on a favourite ash tree beside the nest, his gleaming white underside illuminated by the spring sunshine. It was great to see him back for his fourteenth summer at the nest.

03 snoozing shortly after his return to Site B.

03 snoozing shortly after his return to Site B.

 

What a difference 12 months makes! Look at the conditions that 03 returned to last year, compared with this year.

The scene that 03 returned to in March last year

03's snow-covered nest last March

03’s snow-covered nest last March

Fast-forward 12 months and this is the scene that greeted 03 on 16 March this year

Fast-forward 12 months and this is the scene that greeted 03 on 16 March this year

After a short rest, 03 began re-building his nest which, as usual, had suffered at the hands of the elements over the winter.

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03 creating the nest scrape

03 creating the nest scrape

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In case you were wondering, John took these amazing photos with the Swarovski ATX85mm telescope and Swarovski TLS APO camera adapter with a Lumix G5. We’re sure you’ll agree that early results look extremely promising – and we’ll have lots more of John’s photos on the website this summer.

4 responses to “03’s Return”

  1. Mike Simmonds

    What great news. He was one of the first batch of translocated birds which I had the priviledge to help monitor.

  2. Sheila FE

    That’s brilliant news, and to hear that the MB female is also back is wonderful too. 03 must be a special bird to you Mike.

  3. Mike Simmonds

    It is indeed a great feeling Sheila. It is also a tribute to the continuing work of Tim, who was but a ‘slip of a lad’ back then !, and the team at Rutland who have provided such continuity and drive to the project.

  4. Annie Sage

    Fantastic photos, and brilliant to see him back safely! I wonder if he and Mrs 5R every have a conversation in passing?

    ‘It’s about time those other two got back, dragging their talons as usual!!’