There can only be one Mr Rutland! As of 17:30 this afternoon, the prestigious 03(97) is home!
That bird is nothing short of amazing. He’s superb. Wonderful. Unbelievable. Last year we nearly lost him, due to a wing injury he had sustained during the season. Had we not provided fish for him he would surely have perished, as his injury was too severe for him to fish for himself, or even to fly. After a little over a week, he seemed a lot better, and when the time came to migrate, his wing looked practically back to normal. Even so, we all harboured concerns about his strength and his ability to survive the arduous 3,000 mile journey to his wintering grounds.
Well, clearly he surpassed our expectations, and granted all our wishes! He not only made it to West Africa, but he made it back! I cannot describe how utterly thrilled we all are. We owe so much to this incredible Osprey – without him the Rutland Osprey Project would not be the outstanding success that it is. He is undoubtedly a superstar.
03(97) must have been hungry, because, instead of going straight to his nest, he visited the fish farm first! He is now safely back at the nest on which he has bred for the past fourteen years. Here’s to a successful fifteenth season for this eighteen year old Osprey.