The osprey nest in Manton Bay has been in use since 2007. The first birds to breed on it were translocated male, 08(97), and Rutland-fledged female, 5N(04). 08(97) was one of the first ospreys to be translocated to Rutland Water, in 1997, and was one of the first to return, in 1999. He finally bred at ten years old with 5N, after several years of holding territory in Manton Bay with no success. He had a succession of female ospreys who showed a passing interest in him and the nest (eight to be exact!), but no breeding ever occurred. Luckily for 08, in 2007 5N appeared and showed more of a definitive interest. 5N was born in Rutland in 2004, and returned for the first time in 2006. She’s a special bird, as she was the first Rutland-fledged osprey to return and breed!
08 and 5N raised two chicks in their first season of breeding together. Unfortunately, in 2008 their clutch failed, and due to this failure the pair moved to a different nest site in 2009 and bred successfully there. 5N and 08 raised six chicks together over a total of three years of breeding, three of whom have returned and bred, giving 5N and 08 15 grandchildren! 08 was a much-loved bird, and his disappearance in 2011 was a huge disappointment. 5N is still breeding at Rutland Water, with a different male. She is the most productive Rutland-fledged female, having raised 20 chicks up to 2017!
The nest in Manton Bay was next used by 5N’s brother, 5R, in 2010. He too returned for the first time in 2006. In 2010 he paired up with an unringed female, presumed Scottish, whom we now call Maya. Maya and 5R bred together in Manton Bay for four years, from 2010 to 2013. They raised 11 chicks together in that time, five of whom have returned to Rutland since! That’s a 45% return rate! More about Maya can be found by clicking here.
In 2014, 5R did not return, and Maya paired up with another Rutland-fledged male, 28(10). They mated and laid eggs, but these were kicked out of the nest by 33(11), who decided he wanted the nest for himself, and succeeded in chasing 28 away. Luckily, 33 and Maya formed a strong bond, however, no chicks were raised that year.
In 2015, Maya and 33 returned and successfully bred, raising three healthy chicks. 33 proved himself to be a brilliant partner, and provided for his family extremely well. More about 33 can be found by clicking here.
Maya and 33 both returned again and bred in 2016, successfully rearing another three healthy chicks! In 2017 and 2018, Maya and 33 bred together again in Manton Bay, this time rearing two chicks each year.
The Manton Bay nest is the only osprey nest that is actually on the Rutland Water Nature Reserve. All other nests are on private land. A short stroll down the Lyndon Nature Reserve will take you to Waderscrape hide, which is the best hide from which to view the nest. Volunteers man this hide throughout the osprey breeding season, and have telescopes that you can use to see the ospreys.
Here is a table of the breeding data from the Manton Bay nest.
|Year||Male||Female||Chicks||Ring numbers (and gender)||Returned|