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A quiet day in Manton Bay

Many apologies for the lack of webcam images today. We are still trying to get the camera back online. The Ospreys involved in the Manton Bay saga appear to have had the day off as 5R and 5N have been the only Ospreys in the bay. 5R caught a large trout this morning and since then they’ve had a quiet afternoon with no interruptions from 00(09). Who knows what tomorrow will bring. The arrival of 5R’s mate from last year perhaps? While we wait for the return of the webcam, here is some footage of 5R and 5N eating a fish on the nest.

Webcam offline

Many apologies for the lack of webcam images today. Unfortunately it looks like the camera will be offline for the rest of the day. Rest assured though that we will do everything we can to get it back online as soon as possible. In the meantime, why not come and see the birds at Lyndon – you can get great views from Waderscrape and Shallow Water hides. 5N is back with 5R again this morning – he caught a huge trout in front of the Lyndon Centre which both birds have been feeding on. For the who’s who of Ospreys in Rutland, click here.

The Manton Bay saga continues

Another day of intrigue. With 5R’s mate yet to return, 5N  again spent much of the day at the Manton Bay nest. She also made two fairly prolonged visits to  09(98) at Site N (a nest on private land away from the reservoir), suggesting that her mind is by no means made up. With 00(09) waiting in the wings – she has spent quite a bit of her day on the vacant Lagoon 4 nest on the Egleton reserve – it is sure to be a very interesting weekend. The Lyndon Visitor Centre is open from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, so why not come and see the drama unfolding for yourself? For a taste of what to expect, here’s a video of 5R and 5N on the Manton Bay nest.

For a detailed who’s who of the main characters in this intriguing drama click here.

Tim, Michelle and a recycled Osprey

Recycling for Ospreys

Last week I was lucky enough to receive a phone call from Francesca Rudkin, a Textile Artist who has been working with Oakham C of E Primary School, inviting us to go and see an Osprey the children had made. How exciting! After several phone calls we arranged that Tim and I would go and give an assembly so we could tell everyone all the recent news about the Rutland Ospreys. Not knowing what to expect, we arrived at the school on Tuesday morning and were greeted by Francesca and her colleague Wendy Broad. We went straight into the hall so we could get set up and we were amazed to see that we could get the live webcam up on the screen. The wonders of modern technology! It wasn’t long before the children filled the hall and Tim began the assembly. At least one Osprey in Manton Bay was obliging enough to stay on the nest so the children could have a good look. We also told them all about 09’s incredible journey and were able to show them his route on Google Earth. After plenty of questions, the first lessons began so we were left to have a good look at the Osprey.

Michelle with Textile Artists Wendy Broad and Francesca Rudkin


Francesca and Wendy have been working with the children at Oakham C of E Primary School to create wildlife sculptures from recycled materials. The whole school was involved with different years making different animals that have been put on display around the school grounds. Amongst them were caterpillars, dragonflies, spiders, fish, and two Ospreys!

It was fantastic to see how creative the children had been! The caterpillars were all made from yoghurt pots, the dragonflies from coat hangers, and the spider webs were made from donated bicycle wheels. The Ospreys began as chicken wire frames and Years 5 and 6 each spent a day weaving strips of fabric through the wire to make the magnificent bodies and wings. What a fantastic way to teach children about the benefits of recycling! All the wildlife sculptures will be displayed throughout the summer and they really make the playground a fun and colourful place to be. If you are a teacher in Rutland and would like Wendy and Francesca to visit your school please contact Michelle on 01572 737378 or by email

Is 5N settling in?

With 5R’s mate yet to return – she is now three days late compared to last year – 5N seems to be settling in at Manton Bay, despite the fact that the male she paired up with last year, 09(98), is now back in Rutland. She spent much of this morning keeping rival female 00(09) away from the Manton nest and has just returned to be given a fish by 5R. The pair then mated, suggesting that perhaps she is here for more than just fish. The way things are progressing it could all get very interesting if and when 5R’s mate does eventually return. The video shows 5N defending the nest against 00 this morning before flying off to chase her away.