Here comes the sun

The weather has been beautiful over the past couple of days! The Lyndon reserve always looks lovely at this time of year, when the wild flowers are beginning to bloom in the meadows and verges. Primroses, cuckooflower, cow-slips, bluebells and ground ivy are but a few of the many delights on the reserve currently. Not to mention that amazing garlic smell from the ramsons as you walk out of the centre door!

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Primrose

Cow-slip

Cow-slip

Cuckooflower

Cuckooflower

 

Maya and 33 continue to happily incubate their four eggs. The pair swap over regularly on the eggs, even when there is no fish. This morning, Maya had been sitting for a few hours, and 33 was perched on the camera pole behind her. She stood up at about 08:45, and as soon as she did 33 dropped down from the perch to land on the nest with her. Maya then flew off to stretch her wings, and 33 sat on the eggs. What harmony!

Sunny Cozy

Of course, the pair are also busy ensuring the nest is maintained to their liking. Every day they add material to their nest, and recently have both been bringing in sticks, hay and a bit more cow pat, and rearranging them to their liking.

I do love this wide angle camera! Not only do you get fantastic views of the changing weather conditions over the south arm, we can capture some amazing shots of the ospreys flying in and out of the nest.

Maya with hay

33 landing Maya flies in 33 flies off

We’re looking forward to the start of our osprey and wildlife cruises this year! Working with the Rutland Belle, the osprey team host trips out onto the reservoir, looking at the local area from a different perspective, spotting the wildlife and hoping for a fishing osprey. If the weather is like this, they’ll be even more wonderful! The first cruise will take place on 27th May. Click here for more information about cruises.

28(10), photo by John Smallman

Photo by John Smallman

The Rutland Belle

The Rutland Belle