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We’ll be posting regular updates about satellite tracking projects here on the website. You can also track former projects using Google Earth. Check out our step-by-step instructions to find out how. Alternatively, click here to view the Osprey migration route with Google Maps. Google Maps also shows overhead high resolution satellite images, which is handy for finding places along the route.
By Holly Hucknall on March 31, 2017
Today has been an exciting day as we are pleased to say 30(05) is finally back in Rutland! When Kayleigh last reported on 30’s location, she was making slow progress through France, only travelling 17 miles on the 27th when she spent time at a French chateau. Looking at her most recent data, we can see she continued to progress slowly and once again on the 29th she only traveled 16 miles – this time spending most of her day nearby a local salmon farm, continuing to display a knack for picking great resting stops!
By this time the weather had improved, so we do wonder why she wasn’t making quicker progress, however we were saved from any worrying when we checked her position this morning, as the most recent data showed she arrived in Rutland yesterday evening, after crossing the channel near Dover. Phew! Some great news to start the day.
Meanwhile at Manton bay, Maya has been spending an increasing amount of time huddled down on the nest – could an egg be on the way? We will be keeping our eyes peeled over the weekend and hope to bring you some good news soon.
Just after 6pm yesterday, 33 bought in a huge fish that seems to have kept both birds going today – at the time of writing we haven’t seen any further fish bought to the nest.
The ospreys have continued to add to their nest, which means we’ve seen more comical moments from 33 – he really got himself in a pickle this afternoon with a very large stick, before thankfully eventually freeing himself.
There’s also been plenty of nest scraping going on.
Finally, we also had an intruder on the nest this afternoon – unfortunately the intruding bird was too far away to spot, but could it have been 30(05) coming to check out the nest on her return to Rutland? Possibly!
By Kayleigh Brookes on March 29, 2017
30(05) has been moving very slowly through France over the past few days, due to unfavourable weather conditions. On 27th March she only flew 17 miles. Yesterday, though, she managed 151 miles in a more north-easterly direction. The weather in France was slightly better yesterday, and it looks to improve further over the next few days, with the wind direction becoming more south-westerly. 30 could easily have crossed the channel today! We will hopefully find out soon!
In Manton Bay, early this morning we captured a video of what the ospreys get up to on the nest in the dark…
They have been doing this a lot, which is excellent news and Maya could very well produce egg number one within the next two or three days!
Also whilst the camera was recording in infra-red, we captured this great footage of 33 flying into the nest, where Maya was sitting. Just look at that glow from his eyes as he flies in!
Here’s a video of him flying into the nest in the daylight! You can see him coming low over the water before lifting up to land on the nest.
This time, 33 brought nothing with him to the nest, but he has been busy today bringing sticks and clumps of nest material, as we would expect!
Some of them were a bit awkward – he came in with this one and dropped it onto Maya’s back again!
Maya did her best to place 33’s gifts in suitable locations.
At about 16:10, 33 eventually stopped stick collecting and went off to catch a fish. We saw him fly past the Lyndon Centre on his way back to the nest with it! Instead of eating the head first, 33 delivered this fish, a perch, straight to Maya, who hopped off the T-perch onto the nest to graciously take it from him.
By Kayleigh Brookes on March 28, 2017
30(05) is making slow progress through France! The last data update on Sunday showed that she had spent some time relaxing at a French chateau, and was taking it easy after battling through some bad weather. We have discovered that the chateau she stopped at was Le Chateau de la Roche Courbon, built in the 17th century and restored, it has beautiful gardens and an ornamental lake and is now open to the public all year round. A perfect place for 30 to stop and rest on her journey!
She roosted four miles from this chateau on the evening of 25th, and the following day travelled north a further 84 miles. We have only received data up until the evening of 26th March, and from that location 30 has another 189 miles to go to reach the north coast of France.
30(05) is making slower progress on this year’s migration. This time last year, she had already been in Rutland for two days! She might be back in a day or two – we should receive new data again soon, and we will keep you informed of 30’s progress as she nears home. Don’t forget you can follow her on our interactive map by clicking here.
By Kayleigh Brookes on March 23, 2017
Firstly, we have more news of 30’s whereabouts – she’s in Spain! Since we last looked at her data on 20th March – click here to see Holly’s update – 30 has travelled a further 722 miles, and is now just south east of Madrid in Spain. She crossed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday, and passed by the Sierra Nevada mountains on her path northwards. If she continues on this trajectory, it looks like she will bypass the Bay of Biscay to the east, and not fly over it as she did last year.
In Manton Bay, it has been wonderful having a pair of ospreys on or near the nest all day! No fish have been brought in today, but it is rather windy and 33 might try again later on. Both birds have been bringing in sticks and bits of nesting material, and they have been mating on a regular basis.
There was some excitement on the nest at around 14:50 this afternoon, when an intruding osprey came over the bay. Both Maya and 33 were on the nest looking around, then began to mantle furiously. Maya took off in order to try and chase the intruder away, then the intruding osprey swooped into the nest and lunged at 33 with her talons out! We can see from the video and photographs below that the osprey was 5N, as she had a green ring on her right leg.
Here is a photographic sequence of 5N swooping into the nest!
In other news, my favourite osprey 28(10) is back! He was seen fishing at the trout farm this morning!
By Holly Hucknall on March 20, 2017
Last time we checked in with 30(05) she was just shy of the Mauritanian border, about to head into the West Sahara – that was on the 14th of March. We have now had more data from her satellite tracker showing that she has safely crossed the West Sahara, potentially the most hazardous part of her journey, and has now reached the southern tip of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
The Atlas Mountains rise to more that 3,500m in places, and Ospreys often skirt around the north side of the mountains, avoiding the higher peaks that lie further to the east. 30(05) is an experienced bird, so this is the route we would expect her to take – this is the 22nd time she has migrated! This image from google maps shows the kind of landscape she is currently flying over.
Since we last checked 30(05)’s data on 14th March she has traveled nearly 850 miles – and she still has over 1500 miles to go. Last year she set off on 10th March and arrived back on 26th March – this year she set off a day later and is making slightly steadier progress. For the past three days 30(05) has traveled on average 200 miles a day, compared to 290 miles per day on the equivalent part of her journey last year. This is probably down to unfavourable wind conditions in her location – hopefully as she passes into Europe the conditions will be in her favour and she will make her way quickly back to Rutland. We’ll keep you updated on her progress!