Fishing for two…

Now that 24 hour monitoring is well underway we are getting some fantastic information about Osprey fishing habits. We are very lucky to have many dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers and because of all their time spent in Manton Bay we know exactly what 5R was up to over the few weeks before the first egg was laid on April 15th. During the 19 days from the start of monitoring on March 27th, 5R has been away from the nest for 39 hours and 28 minutes. As well as chasing away intruding Ospreys, 5R spent much of his time fishing and brought in 28 fish. I should imagine the female is relieved that they haven’t all been as small as this one…

Fish delivery

 

There are 17 species of fish in Rutland Water but Ospreys like to target surface-feeding fish so there are only a handful of species you are likely to see being brought back to the nest. Here are a few of 5R’s favourites between March 27th and April 15th.

 

5R's Favourite Fish