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Do they know we're watching

A Rainy Day

Each  day the chicks appear to multiply in size, it seems mad that they are almost a month old. This week they are finally starting to look like little ospreys, with the brown buff feathers beginning to protrude from their backs.

Do they know we’re watching

They are also starting to become more active around the nest; however, they do still spend most of their time asleep.

sleeping chicks

You may have noticed that the lower camera is blocked out at the moment; this could be one of the explanations of how it happened:

The weather this week has really turned out for the worst and over the next few days it is only going to deteriorate; so far Maya had done a great job of protecting the chicks and 33 seems to be able to fish in any weather. Let’s hope they both keep up the good work and that the sun makes a return before spring is over!

33 with dinner

Maya protecting the chicks from the rain

51 on the cruise

Photo Credit:  Leon Kirkbride

First Osprey Cruise

Yesterday evening we had our first osprey cruise of the season and it was a fantastic one! We were blessed with blue sky and sunshine; however, out on the water it was a little bit blustery. We headed down the North arm of Rutland Water and were rewarded with at least six osprey sightings. One sighting was closes enough for Leon Kirkbride, one of our visitors to be able to read the birds blue ring! It was 51(11) one of our unpaired males, at one point he was joined by another osprey and both circled above that water looking for dinner. We also had another osprey who managed to slip behind us as we headed down the North arm; two minutes after this osprey had disappeared we had a call from the volunteer in the hide telling us that 33 had just brought a fish back!

 

51 on the cruise
Photo Credit: Leon Kirkbride

 

51 on the cruise
Photo Credit: Leon Kirkbride

 

51 on the cruise
Photo Credit: Leon Kirkbride

For a first cruises it was amazing, but as we now have 25 ospreys in Rutland it’s not surprising that we are getting plenty of views, in a few weeks’ time there will be plenty of little osprey mouths to feed across Rutland, so we should have even more ospreys fishing on the next cruise.

If you would like to join us on an osprey cruise you can call us on: or book online here.

calm after the storm

Calm After the Storm

Yesterday’s weather was less than ideal for the ospreys, however Maya has been doing a great job of protecting the chicks and 33 has been busy catching fish for them. It’s our first osprey cruise of the season tonight so everyone is very excited, fingers crossed we’ll get at one osprey fishing!

 

calm after the storm

The chicks are now three weeks old and are changing every day, it won’t be long until they are helicoptering above the nest. They are moving around the nest so much more now and even starting to food beg.

 

In the wet weather 33 did a fantastic job of catching a fish, and Maya attentively fed it to the chicks, ensuring they kept their energy up. Maya did a great job of incubating them yesterday, trying her best to keep them warm and dry.


 


 

Maya protecting chicks

33 Has also been busy bringing in plenty of sticks,  which Maya seems less than happy with, the one brought in this morning caused all kinds of trouble, with Maya spending most of the morning trying to get it in a suitable position.

Lucky it’s been a lot drier today and we even have sunshine now! Hopefully this will allow the chicks and the pair to dry out and warm up!

Maya and chicks on the nest

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It’s a beautiful but windy day at Lyndon, it’s amazing to come in each morning and see how much the chicks have grown, they seem to transform overnight. Both chicks have now developed so much they can be seen peeking over the top of the nest and Maya can barely cover them both.

Maya, 33 and the chicks

Maya and chicks on the nest

As ever 33 has been diligently bringing in fish during the course of the day, with Maya taking over to feed the chicks.

We also have some more exciting news from Manton Bay, on Saturday night the volunteer in the hide called to let us know that there was a new bird in bay! This time it was 2AA, this osprey fledged from a nest on private land in 2016.

 

2AA in Manton Bay taken by Chris Wood.

Interestingly, 2AA was sighted in Portugal in 2016, 2017 and 2018. For more information or to see where he was sighted you can look on the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation: Osprey Migration Map. The very next day 2AA was again spotted by photographers at the River Gwash Trout Farm; have at look at these wonderful photos by Darren James.

2AA at River Gwash Trout Farm.
Photo Credit: Darren James.

2AA at River Gwash Trout Farm.
Photo Credit: Darren James.

2AA at River Gwash Trout Farm.
Photo Credit: Darren James.

In other news I must apologise for the post on Saturday in which said T3 is female, he is in fact male. It must have been wishful thinking.

A Day of Celebration

A Day of Celebration

It’s been a beautiful day at Rutland Water and what better way to spend the day than watching the happy couple. People might not be lining the streets to see Maya and 33(11), but we’ve had a lot of visitors down in our waderscrape hide!

 

There has also been plenty of special guests in Manton Bay, any avid osprey webcam watchers, may have noticed 33 mantling on the nest.


 

The reason for this behaviour was none other than T3 (16), this bird was spotted by our diligent volunteers in the hide, who watched her as she perched up on the cormorant tree, right in front of the hide! She had a fish with her at the time, so may have caught it somewhere on the reserve. T3 (16) hatched in 2016 from a site on private land, the bird was first seen in Hampshire last year. 

T3 with fish
photo credit: Mat Blurton

 

T3
photo credit: Mat Blurton and Trudie Gilbert

A report later in the afternoon from Egleton, explained that they had four fishing ospreys outside Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre today, this is no surprise as we now have 24 ospreys in the Rutland area. If you would like to see ospreys fishing for yourself, why not book onto one of our osprey cruises!