Manton Bay

Make me want to stay

Recently, there have been reports from around the country of Ospreys leaving on their autumn migration, as we would expect. The five birds in Manton Bay, however, are all still here! Today, they were even on the nest quite a lot. All three juveniles were on the nest together at one point in the morning, one of whom – S1 – was eating a fish, whilst the others looked on.

All three juveniles, S1 with a fish

All three juveniles, S1 with a fish

 

The next time we looked, Maya was on the nest with two of the youngsters – S1 had gone, and S3 was eating a fish that Maya appeared to have just delivered.

Maya with S2 and S3

Maya with S2 and S3

 

S2 had to wait until last to feed, and stood watching and complaining loudly as S3 ate. When she had had enough, S3 left the fish with S2 and he happily tucked in.

S2 with the fish

S2 with the fish

 

All three juveniles are evidently still being very well fed by their parents, and therefore seem to have no motivation to leave the area any time soon! They have been incredibly well fed all season, as we have so often seen by the amount of fish left uneaten at the side of the nest. Perhaps 33 has done his job too well, as they clearly don’t want to go!

As I have said previously, Maya generally waits until one of her chicks has gone before she leaves. However, this year we could see a change in the running order if she gets fed up of waiting for them!

S1 in the sun at the end of the day

S1 in the sun at the end of the day

 

Don’t forget, even though the Ospreys will surely have left us by then, there is still a chance to join the Osprey Project at our end of season celebratory event – our Osprey Fundraising Dinner and Dance on 18th September. Click here for more details!

 

 

Waiting for the rain

What a wonderful weekend it has been. Birdfair was a great success – we certainly enjoyed it on the Osprey Stand! It was fantastic to meet so many different people, from so many different places! The atmosphere was one of busy excitement and gracious hospitality. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who supported the Osprey Project over the weekend by volunteering on our stand, in the Lyndon Centre or in Waderscrape hide. You all did a superb job and made the weekend run smoothly and efficiently. Thanks also to everyone who visited us on our stand, and bought books, made monetary donations or donated football kits to our cause in Africa. It was great to meet you all!

Today has been fairly quiet in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the weekend. However, it was still a busy day at Lyndon, and the still-present Ospreys have been drawing in the crowds once again! S1 has been on the nest most of the day, begging for food and being generally lazy. It’s been great having him there though, as it’s not often these days we have any Ospreys on the nest for prolonged periods!

Look at him here in the sunrise this morning, what a beautiful scene.

S1 on the nest (1)

Later in the day, the weather turned, and we had a great deal of rain! In these pictures you can see the dramatic skies providing an atmospheric backdrop to the Osprey nest.

S1 on the nest (5)S1 in the rain (2)

 

 

Fair share

It has been another busy day, both at Birdfair and Lyndon! It has been particularly warm today, too – just the sort of weather you’d expect for late August. The warm weather has meant crowds of people are out and about enjoying the summer, and ice creams have sold very well indeed! The Ospreys are still proving to be a huge draw for people, and the hides on the Lyndon Nature Reserve have been packed all day. Luckily, none of our five Manton Bay Ospreys have set off on their migration yet, and so are here for all to see!

33 with a trout, photo by John Wright

33 with a trout, photo by John Wright

 

I spent a couple of hours monitoring the Ospreys yesterday evening. It was a beautiful evening, the sun was bright, the water was calm and the Ospreys were all there – Maya and S1 were on the T-perch, 33 was sitting in the fallen poplar to the right of the nest, S3 was on the nest eating a fish, and S2 was with her, food-begging. It was an idyllic, peaceful scene – if you don’t count the incessant racket from S2, that is!

We have noticed that, now the juveniles are older and more self-assured, they have become very possessive over fish and have been seen to fight over them occasionally. S1 and S3 fighting over a perch last week is a case in point – click here to read about that!

However, contrary to this evidence of antagonism between the juveniles, last night I noticed them behaving in the completely opposite manner. All three of them shared their fish most graciously.

33 had delivered the big trout to the nest at 16:30, and when I arrived at the hide at 18:00, S3 was on the nest tucking in, and S2 was shouting for his turn. He didn’t attempt to steal the fish from his sister, though. After a while, S1 flew off the T-perch and alighted on the nest with his siblings, wanting a bit of the fish, too. But, like S2, he waited. When S3 had had her fill, she surrendered the fish and went to sit next to Mum. S2 was next in line and gorged himself for a while, then, just as courteously as S3, he relinquished the fish to S1, and went to have a bath in the reservoir.

It was a lovely thing to witness. There was no sign of any aggression or hostility between the juveniles at all. I expect their behaviour is dependent on their mood, and the particular situation and conditions.

S1 with fish

S1 gets the fish last

 

Tomorrow is the last chance to visit the Birdfair, and the Osprey Project have a special presentation taking place in the Author’s Marquee at 3:30pm. It is the launch of a brand new Osprey book for children – “Be an Osprey Expert”. Click here for more details about the book. At this book launch, pupils from Brooke Priory School will be performing their Osprey song! There will also be the chance to find out more about the Osprey Project’s work in Africa, and the team will be joined by a special guest from The Gambia… come along to find out all about it!

OSPREY EXPERT JPEG (2) Gambian Flag

 

 

 

The fairest of them all

Today was the first day of Birdfair, and it began with an absolutely amazing Celebrity Osprey Cruise! Simon King was on board the Rutland Belle once again, to share the wildlife of Rutland Water with all on board. The Ospreys performed perfectly – at least six birds were seen, and two caught fish!

The day also ended with a superb cruise, this time with David Lindo on board. Let’s hope tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening’s cruises see the same success!

The fair was very busy today, and luckily the weather stayed dry and rather warm. We were ready and waiting on the Osprey stand at the start of the day!

The Osprey stand is ready!

The Osprey stand is ready!

 

We had a great day chatting to people, showing the Osprey highlights and making Osprey badges. We had our three Osprey books on sale – Tim Mackrill’s “The Rutland Water Ospreys”, Ken Davies and John Wright’s “Ozzie’s Migration”, and Jackie and Pete Murray’s “Be an Osprey Expert” – these are £10, £5 and £5 respectively, but are on special offer at the Birdfair at £15 for all three!

The Rutland Water Ospreys front coverOzzie's Migration  OSPREY EXPERT JPEG (2)

Having a ball, at Birdfair 2015

The Osprey stand at Birdfair 2015

 

The Osprey team will be at the Birdfair tomorrow and Sunday too, so don’t miss us!

You also don’t want to miss Tim Mackrill’s talk tomorrow (Saturday) – “Rutland’s Ospreys Go Global”, in Lecture Marquee 2 at 2:30pm.

And on Sunday, in the Author’s Marquee at 3:30pm, there will be a book launch, promoting the publication of Jackie and Pete Murray’s book – “Be an Osprey Expert”.

See this map for more details on where to find all of these unmissable events!

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You can still drop off any unwanted football kit in our box to send to West Africa!

Plus, the Ospreys are still in Manton Bay!

See yesterday’s update for even more details about the Osprey stand at Birdfair.

 

Signed, sealed, delivered

It’s Birdfair tomorrow! Today, the Osprey Team have been busy setting up our stand for the weekend’s festivities! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Osprey Project stand, to share with you the wonder of Ospreys, the inspiring and influential work we do to promote and protect them both in the UK and Africa, this year’s highlights and next year’s hopes. Find us in OD2!

The Osprey stand at Birdfair, photo by Tim Mackrill

The Osprey stand at Birdfair, photo by Tim Mackrill

 

The place to be on Saturday 22nd August at 2:30pm is Lecture Marquee 2, where the wonderful Tim Mackrill will be giving a talk about the Osprey Project and its work both in the UK, along the Ospreys’ migration flyway and on their wintering grounds in West Africa. “Rutland’s Ospreys Go Global” – don’t miss it!

Also, on Sunday 23rd August at 3:30pm, there will be a special book launch in the Author’s Marquee, promoting a brilliant, brand new Osprey book for children, written by Jackie and Pete Murray – “Be an Osprey Expert.” A special guest will be attending this book launch – another unmissable event!

See this map for locations:

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The fun begins tonight, with the first Celebrity Osprey Cruise on the Rutland Belle! There are several celebrity cruises taking place over the weekend, and, as all of our Osprey Cruises have been this season, we are sure they will be very successful and enjoyable events! Click here for more information and to book tickets!

Join us for our first Osprey cruise of 2014!

There are five celebrity cruises on the Rutland Belle over Birdfair weekend

 

If you have any football kit that you no longer want, please bring it with you to the Birdfair to donate to our kits4causes collection. All unwanted kit will be sent out to schools in The Gambia and Senegal, where our Ospreys overwinter! You can drop your kit off at the Osprey Project stand.

Children at Tanji Lower Basic School

Children at Tanji Lower Basic School in donated football shirts

 

I’m pleased to say the Manton Bay Ospreys are all still with us. Yesterday evening, on the live camera, we were treated to a brilliant view of Maya bringing a huge trout to the nest! S2 and S3 were on the nest, waiting for the fish to arrive. S2 was the one who got hold of it first – it was still alive, and kicked a bit as he grabbed it. S3 attempted to steal it from him, but was given short shrift!

Maya flying in with the trout

Maya flying in with the trout

Maya lands

Maya lands

S2 grabs it

S2 grabs it

Claimed

Claimed

 

Don’t forget that the Lyndon Visitor Centre will be staying open later than usual over the coming weekend – until 7pm. The car park will still be locked at precisely 8:15pm, so make sure you don’t get locked in!

We look forward to seeing you over the weekend!