First Osprey Cruise

Yesterday evening we had our first osprey cruise of the season and it was a fantastic one! We were blessed with blue sky and sunshine; however, out on the water it was a little bit blustery. We headed down the North arm of Rutland Water and were rewarded with at least six osprey sightings. One sighting was closes enough for Leon Kirkbride, one of our visitors to be able to read the birds blue ring! It was 51(11) one of our unpaired males, at one point he was joined by another osprey and both circled above that water looking for dinner. We also had another osprey who managed to slip behind us as we headed down the North arm; two minutes after this osprey had disappeared we had a call from the volunteer in the hide telling us that 33 had just brought a fish back!

 

51 on the cruise
Photo Credit: Leon Kirkbride

 

51 on the cruise
Photo Credit: Leon Kirkbride

 

51 on the cruise
Photo Credit: Leon Kirkbride

For a first cruises it was amazing, but as we now have 25 ospreys in Rutland it’s not surprising that we are getting plenty of views, in a few weeks’ time there will be plenty of little osprey mouths to feed across Rutland, so we should have even more ospreys fishing on the next cruise.

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