He’s late!

After the surprise arrival of 00(09) first thing this morning we have had our eyes to the skies all day today willing the arrival of 5R(04) back to the Manton Bay nest. But, as yet, there is no sign of him.

John Wright has spent all day in Shallow Water hide in anticipation of his arrival. I popped down this afternoon for the first look at an Osprey in the UK this year, and needless to say I wasn’t disappointed. 00(09) was keeping us entertained and made several trips away from the bay in search of an early dinner. Despite diving just off Lax Hill and making contact with a very large trout, she couldn’t lift it out of the water and after briefly returning to the nest she was soon off back down the reservoir for another attempt.

Here is another clip of her on the nest this afternoon.

We’ll keep you posted with the latest goings on from Manton Bay and, fingers crossed, may have news of 5R tomorrow.

In other news…
We had a run through of the Musical Migration concert with Global Harmony last night and it was absolutely fantastic. The music and the naration fit superbly together to tell the story of the Osprey’s journey from Africa back to it’s home in Rutland. A journey that is being made by the Rutland Osprey’s as we speak.

Here is a snippet of the rehearsal

There are some tickets still available and if last night was anything to go by it’s going to be a truely unmissable performance.
The concert will take place on Saturday evening at 7.30pm at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Oakham School. Tickets cost £15 and can be bought from the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton or from the Lyndon Visitor Centre, or by phoning 01572 770651.