Dawn cruise and Manton Bay

Well it’s been very hot down at Lyndon nature reserve the past few days, even with the cool breeze drifting over the water it feels like a Mediterranean summer, not a British one. The peak temperature today is 27oC, in Dakar, The Gambia it is 28oC, at least this means the ospreys will be well acclimatised when they decide to migrate for the winter!  The birds in Manton Bay have been very subdued in the heat, preferring the shelter of the poplar tree behind the nest rather than the exposed perches.

Today was the first day that the birds had been described as active by the volunteers in the hide, although with the temperature set to soar again my guess is that they will be back in the shade before long. Even with the birds being fairly inactive in the bay there is still lots to see at Lyndon. In the meadow in front of the centre we have had yellow hammers, tree sparrows, mallard ducklings and very small rabbit kits, all enjoying the sun. Down in the bay we have had an extraordinary number of swans, a couple great-crested grebe, barn owls and even young water voles.

View from osprey nest cam of the swans in Manton Bay. 

The young ospreys in the bay are getting braver everyday flying further each time they venture away from the nest, however, they are always straight back on when 33(11) brings in a fish. If 33(11) tries to take a break both chicks are on his case loudly food begging from the nest.


One of the chicks taking the fish from 33(11)

3AW showing us her wings.

This morning we had our second dawn osprey cruise and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. We started at 6 am; the sun was a bright beacon hanging low in the sky, its warmth penetrating though the misty morning already. The reservoir was calm and tranquil it radiated peacefulness, only broken by birds calling in the distance. The morning itself was something to behold and the views of ospreys were spectacular, we had one osprey attempt to fish, it kept plunging towards the water and was finally successful on the forth or fifth time. We also had an osprey perch in the willows at the back of lagoon 1 and watched in awe as it took off, quickly gaining height. Finally, we retired back to the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre for a fantastic breakfast supplied by Paul Stammers (Osprey Information Officer, soon to be head chef) and our truly dedicated volunteers. Thank you to everyone involved it was a fantastic event!

If you would like to book onto one of our osprey cruise click here spaces are limited and we only have one more dawn osprey cruise left this season!