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

2 responses to “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

  1. Tracy

    Yesterday I saw a large bird of prey with a white head and breast and what looked to be a crest on the head. The local rooks helpfully posed alongside to give a good comparison for size. From grainy photo’s on my phone we thought it looked like an osprey but thought it was not possible along the river Cam. On reading your page I think it was one of your juveniles – thank you such a treat.

    1. Tim

      Thanks Tracy – certainly sounds like an Osprey. Could be one from Rutland or one migrating south from Scotland.