As I mentioned yesterday, we still have lots of Osprey action happening in Manton Bay! This time of year is a very active time, as all three juveniles have been flying for two and a half weeks now, and are loving the freedom their wings give them.
The Lyndon Nature Reserve remains the best place to see the Manton Bay family, either from Waderscrape or Shallow Water hides. Volunteers will be on duty in Waderscrape hide from 6am – 8pm every day until our Ospreys leave us, along with telescopes for you to use to have a look at the Ospreys. We have also had several Water Vole sightings from the scrape in front of the hide!
Shallow Water hide is a quieter hide which is great for photography. From this viewpoint, the nest is seen with a nice backdrop of Burley-on-the-Hill. Shallow Water hide is where Dave Cole has spent a lot of time recently, filming the Ospreys. His patience and dedication have been rewarded with several superb videos, which he edits brilliantly to create films of the best shots of the Ospreys and other wildlife in Manton Bay. Here is his most recent Manton Bay video. Many thanks to Dave for this wonderful footage.
Just recently, we have been informed of some great news – another 2013-born Rutland Osprey is on his way home! It is 1K(13), a male who was seen on his wintering grounds in The Gambia last winter, and who we hoped we would see this year. He is not actually back in the UK yet, but he’s close – he’s in Belgium!
Here is where he was spotted. Photo courtesy of Google-Earth and this website.
These photographs of 1K were taken by Dieder Plu. Many thanks to Dieder for allowing us to share them.
The summer holidays are now in full swing, and the weather is finally improving! We are glad that tomorrow looks set to be a lovely day, as it is Osprey Family Fun Day! If you’re stuck for something to do with the family, and you enjoy wildlife, games and a mission to complete, then this is the event for you!
Children get the chance to be an Osprey for the day, with their very own Osprey ring. Then they must migrate through the nature reserve, undertaking several activities in order to continue onto Africa (Waderscrape hide)!
There will also be a bird ringing demonstration taking place!
We had another superb Osprey Cruise on Saturday, with several close-up sightings of flying Ospreys, and a fabulous view of one catching a fish! Here are a couple of photographs taken by John Smallman, which really show just how big the fish was! Thank you to John for these shots.
There are a few more Osprey Cruises taking place throughout August, some of which still have spaces remaining. Here is a list of the remaining cruises with availability – click each one to see more details and book: