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Here's looking at you kid!

Here’s looking at you kid!

The weather, in good old British form, seems to have detered most people from venturing away from watching the Olympics today. Those who did decide to come and see the Ospreys were treated to all four Manton Bay Ospreys in the air, along with an intruding Osprey and the youngsters have been diving down in front of the hide again.

5R brought in a very large fish first thing this morning but since then there hasn’t been any food delivered to the nest.

This afternoon 8F was perched on the edge of the nest looking out for his next meal arriving.

Here is a video of 8F as he was sat in the nest looking up towards the camera, displaying some very expressive head movements.


Look at us now!

As promised here are some photo’s of 12(10), one intruding over Manton Bay, the other on the nest in Dyfi with her cousin.
After intruding at Manton Bay on Monday she popped over to Dyfi and was seen at the nest there yesterday. Well it appears that she has stayed in Wales for another night as today she was again on the nest. She didn’t seem quite as settled there today, perhaps she knows she shouldn’t really be there and was on her toes ready to take off when the adult Ospreys return to their nest site!

12(10) intruding at Manton Bay (above) and on the Cors Dyfi nest with her cousin today(below)

Back in Rutland …

Now almost ten weeks old the juvenille Ospreys have been flying for just over two weeks now and have been showing us how fast they are developing.

Michelle popped up to site B yesterday morning to show a new volunteer the ropes and was treated to a view of all five birds. The two adults were sat in the trees and two of the three young Ospreys sat on the perches eating fish, with the third in the nest. It’s always nice for us to be able to go and visit the nest sites at this time of the year and even more comforting to see for ourselves that all the young birds are around and doing well, especially after this years chaotic fledging.

This morning another of our volunteers, Lynda, was in the monitoring hide at Site B and was treated to some lovely views of both adult and juvenille Ospreys. When she first arrived there were no birds to be seen but soon after all three youngsters flew in, shortly followed by both 03(97) and the female both carrying fish. They were promptly handed over to 1F and 2F who ate them for a considerable time before, eventually, 3F managed to get hold of some for his breakfast. Not long after 1F landed on a fence post a stones throw from the hide whilst the adult female landed in a neighbouring tree.

Back in Manton Bay, whilst 5R was away from the nest both young birds were swirling around in front of Shallow Water and Waderscrape hide, diving down and dragging their feet through the water. This kept them, and the visitors in the hide, amused for some time. Again this morning both youngsters have been doing the same. It seems, thankfully, that 5R’s aggresive behaviour towards his daughter, 9F, hasn’t thwarted her flying progress.

Birdfair Co-founder Martin Davies

Guess where 12(10) was seen today…

Following Lizzie’s report yesterday about 12(10)’s return to Rutland we were amazed to receive a call from Janine, a member of the Dyfi Osprey Project team, to tell us that 12(10) was back on the Dyfi nest this morning! We quickly went to look at the live streaming and there she was, sitting next to Ceulan. At first the young Dyfi chick wasn’t really sure about what was happening and just kept looking at the two year-old female but after a while he didn’t look too alarmed. 12(10) made herself at home and even started moving sticks around the nest but she soon flew off when Nora returned. It will be interesting to see what she does over the next few days. Will she stay in Wales or will we see her again in Rutland? Only time will tell.

12(10) at Cors Dyfi

After an exciting start it was time to go over to Egleton for the first Birdfair volunteers meeting. It was a great opportunity for everyone to get together and hear about the conservation project that will be supported by Birdfair this year.

Birdfair Co-founder Martin Davies

The projects are suggested and managed through the BirdLife International Partnership that is currently working within the three main global flyways to conserve migratory birds. The 24th Birdfair to be held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve will be supporting the East Asian-Australasian Flyway that spans East Asia, from Siberia to Australasia, and is the most poorly known of the world’s migration routes. For more information click here. Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, the British Birdwatching Fair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation so it is definitely worth a visit. Over the weekend (August 17th to 19th) there will be four celebrity Wildlife Cruises on the Rutland Belle where there will be a member of the Osprey Project team alongside Simon King, Mike Dilger or Johnny Kingdom looking out for Ospreys. If yesterday’s cruise was anything to go by they are not to be missed! We were treated to fantastic views of 09(98), easily identified by his satellite transmitter, fishing above the sailing club as well as all four Ospreys in Manton Bay.

09’s hunting ground above the Edith Weston Sailing Club

The Celebrity cruises are booking up fast so have a look at the Birdfair website to book your place. If you are unable to visit Rutland during the Birdfair weekend we still have places on our regular Osprey cruises throughout the whole of August, for more information click here.

An unappetising dinner & a new visitor!

This afternoon we got a call from the hide to say that the Manton Bay female had just bought in a fish which she had picked up in front of Shallow Water hide. On closer inspection from the webcam it appeared that the fish she bought in was already dead, and she had opportunistically plucked it from the surface of the water as she flew over, rather than actually go out fishing. In this clip she had just bought it in and 9F(12), the young female, has taken it from her and begun eating.

After about an hour of perseverance 9F(12) had only eaten about half the head as she tried to tear pieces off with little success. Eventually the Manton Bay female returned to the nest and the two young Ospreys decided they weren’t too big to be fed by Mum, who made much lighter work of it!

You’ll be pleased to hear that 5R(04) has continued to let his daughter, 9F(12), happily fly around today without trying to chase her off or behave aggressively towards her. Phew!

We’ve got some other exciting news this week.
You may remember the young 2 year old female 12(10) who was seen in Dyfi on 21st May for the first time; well she is now in Rutland! We’ve been waiting for a photo so we could positively identify her and now Tim’s seen them we can confirm that at 5pm on Monday she was seen in Manton Bay. Thank you Monica & Tony for spotting her and letting us know. Having been seen in Dyfi on and off since the first sighting on 21st May we have been wondering (with our fingers crossed) when we might see her.
We’ll pop the pictures on the website over the next few days.

The Manton Bay family perched close to Waderscrape hide

Peace and tranquility in the bay

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.

The Manton Bay family perched close to Waderscrape hide

Lesser Emperor dragonlfy – a first for Rutland