It is a week since we had to rescue 9F from the Manton Bay shoreline and, at last, it would seem that 5R’s aggression has come to an end. This morning the young female has made numerous flights in the bay and 5R hasn’t even flinched. It would seem that he has finally come to the conclusion that his daughter isn’t a threat to him after all! This is great news and means that, like her brother, 9F should start to explore further from the nest.
This morning 8F was absent from the nest for more than an hour before returning to sit on the dead tree close to Waderscrape hide. This kind of exploratory behaviour is crucial in the development of the young Ospreys. It is now that they’re taking on an identity and learning where they’re from. As he explores that Rutland countryside, 8F will be building-up his knowledge of the local area; vital information for when, we hope, he returns in a couple of years’ time. Let’s hope his sister isn’t far behind him.
Here’s some footage Dave Cole filmed of 8F in the Waderscrape dead tree and a photograph taken by John Wright showing all four of the family there yesterday. The final photo is of a Lesser Emperor that John photographed from Shallow Water hide. The first time this rare dragonfly has been seen in Rutland.