Morning sunshine

We had our last dawn osprey cruise of the season this morning and it did not disappoint! We arrived just as the sun was rising, making the water glow pink and orange. Before we’d even stepped foot on the boat we were lucky enough to see an osprey fly over Whitwell harbour – the morning was off to a good start!

The sun rising behind the Rutland Belle as we waited for our guests to arrive

The sun rising behind the Rutland Belle as we waited for our guests to arrive


Lately we’ve been lucky to have an osprey perched on the limnological tower on many of our cruises, and today was no different – there was an osprey visible on the tower as soon as we set off into the reservoir. We tried to get closer, but it soon set off into the air. Just as we were saying it was a shame we weren’t able to get a better view, 5 ospreys appeared overhead! It was an unbelievable sight. We followed 2 of these ospreys as they headed towards Manton Bay, and sure enough when we phoned Waderscrape hide a little later, volunteer Gill confirmed Maya and 33 had just arrived back at the nest. At the end of the cruise, everyone made their way to the Anglian Bird Watching Centre, where Paul Stammers and his wonderful team of volunteers were busy making bacon and egg rolls for us all – much appreciated after a beautiful but slightly chilly morning! Our next dawn cruise won’t be until next year now, but we do still have space on our final evening cruise of the season on the 26th of August – click here to book your space.
An osprey on the limnological tower. Photo by Jake Robinson, who attended the cruise.

An osprey on the limnological tower. Photo by Jake Robinson, who attended the cruise.


Our family of ospreys in Manton Bay have had a couple of visitors to the nest recently – firstly yesterday morning 51(11) paid a visit to the nest! You may remember 51 from last year, where unfortunately he had a failed breeding attempt with 3J on Lagoon 4, after which 3J went to Wales.

Yesterday morning 51 stayed on the nest for over 3 minutes uninterrupted – he even had a go at moving some sticks around!
51 with stick

51 with stick


Later that day, just before 5pm, another guest paid a visit – this time 5N(04). 5N(04) is a breeding female from an offsite nest, and this isn’t the first time she has visited the nest.
5N
5N was the breeding female on the Manton Bay nest all the way back in 2007, and she is also the sister of 5R(04), Maya’s partner from 2010 to 2013. 5N didn’t manage to land on the nest, but she did give it a good go, despite Maya being on the nest at the time!

2AM is still doing well, although he missed out on a meal this morning – 33 brought a headless fish to the nest and Maya took it straight from him!

Our Waderscrape volunteers also reported 2AM going missing for most of the day yesterday, but thankfully he reappeared in the evening! He is getting more adventurous and spending more time further afield. To finish today’s blog here is a view of this mornings sunrise from the nest – beautiful!
Sunrise