Lagoon 4

For a long time, the nest in Manton Bay has been the only osprey nest in use on the Rutland Water Nature Reserve. This year, that might be about to change. There are and always have been several other platforms around the reserve, put in place to attract ospreys and encourage them to stay and breed. Up to now, all except Manton Bay have remained devoid of ospreys. For the past couple of years, however, a male osprey who was born in Rutland in 2011 – 51(11) – has been holding territory on the nest platform on lagoon four, the northernmost lagoon on the Egleton side of the nature reserve. We have waited and hoped that a female will come along and join him, and so, we imagine, has he!

This year, his wishes may be granted. A young Rutland female, three-year-old 3J(13), returned to the area earlier this month, after first paying a visit to the Glaslyn nest in North Wales. She found 51 on the nest on lagoon four, and it looks like she might stay and breed with him! This is great news, as it means we could potentially have eight successful pairs this season, and a second nest on the nature reserve!

3J returned to the UK for the first time last year, and spent a bit of time at Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough. She then paid a visit to Wales, before returning to Rutland. This is the sort of behaviour we would expect from a two-year-old returning for the first time. This year she has visited Wales twice, but returned within a day or two and she now seems quite settled on the nest with 51.

Before 3J returned, female 5N spent some time on the lagoon four nest. 5N is a breeding female – the most productive Rutland-born female, in fact – and she was simply hanging around waiting for her usual partner to return. When he did, she disappeared off to her nest site with him, leaving 51 alone again. Another female, an unringed bird, was also seen around the lagoon four nest recently. It is possible this was a bird flying though on the way north, or perhaps she is a youngster looking for her own nest. 51 is in demand!

Thank you very much to John Wright for the following photographs showing the sequence of events on lagoon four this year.

Male 51

Male 51

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking stick

Male 51 breaking stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 breaking a stick

Male 51 with stick

Male 51 with stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51 with a stick

Male 51with a stick

Male 51with a stick

Male 51

Male 51

Male 51 with Roach

Male 51 with Roach

Male 51 shaking

Male 51 shaking

Male 51 shaking

Male 51 shaking

Lapwing chasing Male 51

Lapwing chasing Male 51

Male 51

Male 51

Male 51

Male 51

Male 51 with a Roach

Male 51 with a Roach

Male 51 with a Roach

Male 51 with a Roach

Male 51 nest scraping 30-3-16

Male 51 nest scraping 30-3-16

51 and female 5N 4-4-16

51 and female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N getting buzzed by Black-headed Gull 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N getting buzzed by Black-headed Gull 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N successful copulation 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N successful copulation 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N successful copulation 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N successful copulation 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N successful copulation 4-4-16

Male 51 and Female 5N successful copulation 4-4-16

Male 51 assessing the prospect of two females on his nest 19-4-16-

Male 51 assessing the prospect of two females on his nest 19-4-16-

Male 51 with Roach 19-4-16

Male 51 with Roach 19-4-16

Male 51 teasing unringed female with Roach 19-4-16

Male 51 teasing unringed female with Roach 19-4-16

Unringed female on nest and 3J arriving

Unringed female on nest and 3J arriving

3J, 51 and unringed female 21-4-16

3J, 51 and unringed female 21-4-16

Unringed female, 3J and 51 21-4-16-

Unringed female, 3J and 51 21-4-16-

51 hovering over 3J and unringed female 21-4-16

51 hovering over 3J and unringed female 21-4-16

51,3J and Unringed female 21-4-16

51,3J and Unringed female 21-4-16

51 bringing nest material 21-4-16

51 bringing nest material 21-4-16

51 bringing nest material 21-4-16

51 bringing nest material 21-4-16

51 bringing another Roach 21-4-16

51 bringing another Roach 21-4-16

3J and unringed female fighting for a fish 21-4-16

3J and unringed female fighting for a fish 21-4-16

51, 3J and unringed female 21-4-16

51, 3J and unringed female 21-4-16

51 mating with 3J 21-4-16

51 mating with 3J 21-4-16

51 nest scraping 21-4-16

51 nest scraping 21-4-16

51 coming in 21-4-16

51 coming in 21-4-16

51 coming in 21-4-16

51 coming in 21-4-16

51 bringing stick 21-4-16

51 bringing stick 21-4-16

Unringed female trying to keep 3J off nest 21-4-16

Unringed female trying to keep 3J off nest 21-4-16

3J landing on nest and unringed female raising wings 21-4-16

3J landing on nest and unringed female raising wings 21-4-16

3J chasing unringed female 21-4-16

3J chasing unringed female 21-4-16

Female 3J chasing the unringed female 21-4-16

Female 3J chasing the unringed female 21-4-16

Male 51 chasing the unringed female away 21-4-16

Male 51 chasing the unringed female away 21-4-16

Male 51 chasing the unringed female 21-4-16

Male 51 chasing the unringed female 21-4-16

GBBGull eyeing up the trout

GBBGull eyeing up the trout

GBBGull eyeing up trout

GBBGull eyeing up trout

3J and 51 21-4-16

3J and 51 21-4-16

51 trying to mate with 3J 21-4-16

51 trying to mate with 3J 21-4-16

51 and 3J successful copulation 21-4-16

51 and 3J successful copulation 21-4-16

Male 51 and Female 3J 21-4-16

Male 51 and Female 3J 21-4-16

Male 51 and Female 3J 21-4-16

Male 51 and Female 3J 21-4-16

Male 51 chasing Canada Goose

Male 51 chasing Canada Goose

Male 51 and Female 3J 25-4-16

Male 51 and Female 3J 25-4-16

 

Thank you also to Dave Cole for this fabulous video, documenting some of what has been happening on the nest on lagoon four recently.

 

 

 

 

13 responses to “Lagoon 4”

  1. Chris

    Great to hear about Ospreys beyond the Manton Bay pair.

    Is anything new happening at Rutland B?

    (disappointed that the ‘UK Osprey’ Arrivals page only shows the Manton Bay information this year – I liked to watch the progress of the other pairs too – its a great way to show how the Osprey populations are increasing slowly)

  2. Valerie Webber

    Has 5N been seen since Kayleigh ???

  3. Mike Simmonds

    What great news Kayleigh. You must all be delighted.

  4. Gayle Whalley

    Bit confused whilst going through the photos, some of the captions relate to female 5N. Green 5N is surely at another Rutland nest and hopefully with her mate of the last couple of years. Would it be possible to clarify the situation at Lagoon 4?

  5. Alice Dovell

    This is great news of 51(11) and 3J wish them a bright future! Thank you for the interesting blog and all those wonderful photos. Are there now two nests on the reserve and are all the others on private land?

  6. Bill Hunt

    Fantastic news…I really hope 3J stays and breeds….she was one of “my” first babies when I began watching it is so exciting to think she may have babies of her own this year! Hearing she was back last year was wonderful, but that she’s back again and potentially about to breed is fabulous!!

  7. Jenny Still

    What fantastic photos and video. We saw 51 and 3J mating when we were on a volunteer walk last week. So good to see 51 finding a mate, hopefully long term. Thank you for this.

  8. David

    Great pix and video! Thanx for posting.

  9. lam

    Fantastic news, and what a brilliant set of captures! Sad news that the site B pair have not returned, bad enough when one doesn’t return let alone both of them.