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It’s been a fairly quiet day in Manton Bay today. All three Ospreys are still around but there have been times today when Manton Bay has been empty with not an Osprey in sight.

And when there was, again we saw the familiar sight of 3J in the nest.



5R treated the Visitor Centre to a lovely aerial display as he circled around looking for a suitable place to fish for ten minutes this afternoon before continuing on up the reservoir.

He has caught a couple of pike this afternoon, albeit a bit on the small side, one of which he kept. Bet you can’t guess who got the second? 3J of course!

Juvenile 3J

Deja vu

This time last week when phoning our volunteers to confirm their shifts we were commenting that it may well be the last duties of the season as two of the Manton Bay juvenilles had already left and that it wouldn’t be long unitl 5R, the Manton Bay female and 3J would also be heading south. But here we are a week later,  and we’ve just had the same conversations all over again.

So with September arriving tomorrow (and according to some visitors Christmas is almost here – their words not mine!) we’ll just have to keep guessing as to how long they might be here for.

For 3J, life in Manton Bay goes on as normal. Still she sits food begging in the nest, waiting impatiently for her next meal, a now familiar image for all who have been watching her. This morning 3J and the Manton Bay female shared a large trout which 5R brought in, but this afternoon 5R dropped onto the nest with a large fish, stayed on the nest for 30 seconds and then took off  taking his catch with him. Bit mean Dad!

Wendy Goes Aloft!

Wendy Goes Aloft!

In addition to the deaprture of the Rutland Ospreys, one of our volunteers is off on a journey of her own.

Nature Reserve volunteer Wendy Halford will soon be setting off to join the Lord Nelson. The Lord Nelson is one of two Tall Ships built by the Jubilee Sailing Trust thirty years ago, designed to enable people of all physical abilities to sail the ship on as near equal terms as possible.


Wendy is a regular volunteer at the reserve and you may have met her as she greeted you to the reserve at either Lyndon or Egleton. She will join the ship in Sydney, Australia and sail as a buddy of another shipmate to Auckland, New Zealand. She will be taking this unique opportunity to do some fund raising for both the Jubilee Sailing Trust and Rutland Sailability by “Going Aloft” as she climbs to 100ft up the ship’s mast!

Find out more about Rutland Sailability and Wendy’s journey and how you can sponsor her by clicking here!


5R fishing at Manton Bay

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

The Manton Bay Ospreys had a busy start to what was a rather murky morning in Rutland.

As we arrived at the visitor centre at around 8am we could see that the juvenile 3J was tucking into half a trout on the nest and beside her lay another half-eaten trout. ‘They’ve done well this morning’ we thought! We were further impressed when on speaking to our volunteer, Chris Wood, in the hide we discovered that 5R too was filling himself up on a freshly caught trout and that the Manton Bay female flew in close to Waderscrape hide carrying another trout, the largest one of the three.

3J with the to trout this morning

3J with the to trout this morning

As you may have noticed if you’ve been watching the webcam or reading our updates over the last week or so, 5R’s delivery of fish has reduced and 3J has been left incessantly food begging to no avail. But today it seems the adult birds have had a change of heart.

Following this morning’s feast there has been no slowing down. This afternoon all three Ospreys have been sat side by side on one of the perches each with another fish. The Manton Bay female and 5R each caught their own and 3J is tucking into the ‘spare’ one from this morning.

With a long journey ahead of them all this food should stand them in good stead.

3J with a fish this afternoon

3J with a fish this afternoon

I'm still hungry

I’m still hungry

As we near the end of August it is inevitable that the Ospreys breeding at Rutland Water will begin to depart for warmer climes. And it looks as though two of the Manton Bay juveniles, 1J and 2J, have done just that and both left Rutland on their migration. Over the next few days we’ll update you with news of their departures along with photos from John from the last week in Manton Bay.

But 3J, it seems, is not quite ready to leave just yet! First thing this morning 5R(04) brought in two fish, the first a large trout which he shared with the Manton Bay female and the second a small pike which was taken to 3J.

For the visitors and volunteers who have visited Manton Bay today, this video will be a familiar sight. Following her early meal 3J has been persistently food begging from the nest. She hasn’t ventured very far, after all you never know when a fish might arrive and she most definitely wouldn’t have wanted to miss it!