33(11) has always been a strong character, ever since he hatched on 25th May 2011. He was born at the nest we refer to as Site B – his parents are the legendary 03(97) and the unringed female with whom 03(97) bred with from 2009.

03 and his mate, April 2010

33 was the only chick at Site B that year, as the nest suffered intensive intrusions early in the season from a non-breeding male. The female was forced to leave the eggs uncovered for long periods to chase the intruder away, and, as such, it was feared the entire clutch would fail. Therefore it was a huge relief that one chick survived. As he was the only chick in the nest, 33 did not have to compete for food or share it with siblings, and was consequently very well fed. He grew quickly into a strong, healthy juvenile.

33 with his new blue ring

33 on ringing day. Photo by John Wright.


33 fledged on 15th July 2011 (exactly the same date his son, S1, fledged in 2015!) Not long after he fledged, 33 became very adventurous. He was often seen tussling with newly-fledged Buzzards near his nest site. He also began venturing further and further away from the nest. Just two weeks after fledging, 33 disappeared for 26 hours! No-one knows where he went, but fortunately he returned safely. One day, (31st July) he even spent an afternoon on the Manton Bay nest, where he was treated as one of their brood!


33 returned to Rutland for the first time as a two-year-old on 11th May 2013. He was first spotted in Manton Bay, by Project Officer Paul Stammers and volunteer Mick Lewin, then later was seen back at his natal nest, Site B. In 2014, he returned on 13th April and immediately began pestering Maya and 28(10) in Manton Bay. He did not give up until he chased 28 away and claimed the nest.

2015 was a much happier story, with 33 and Maya raising three beautiful chicks together. 33 proved himself to be a very sweet and attentive osprey. He appeared to enjoy spending time on the nest, more so than other males I have monitored. He was very into his incubating, even to the extent that if Maya didn’t move, he’d just join her!

He even sometimes plonked himself down in the nest when there was no incubating to be done!

33 is a brilliant partner to Maya and incredibly good at providing fish for his growing family! He has provided us with much entertainment and delight over his time breeding at Manton Bay. We are all incredibly happy that Maya and 33 returned to Manton Bay and bred successfully, and we hope they continue to breed here together in future years.


33 with dinner




7 responses to “33(11)”

  1. James Lidster


    I saw Osprey 33(11) during my recent visit to the Bird Fair and am writing a blog about the fair in general. Would it be possible to tell me some more about this Osprey, for example where he goes in the winter? Or is that not known?

    Many thanks in advance,

    James Lidster

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      33 is only ringed, not satellite-tagged, so we can’t know where he goes in the winter unless someone spots him and lets us know. We imagine it will be West Africa, in Gambia or Senegal, as that is where most UK ospreys winter. Lots of other information about this bird is detailed on our website, click here to see in full: https://www.ospreys.org.uk/3311-2/

  2. John Matthews

    I saw two Osprey nest earlier

    are they both back or was one of them a Visitor

    From John Matthews

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      33 is back! The other bird was a breeding female from another nest

  3. Ruth Barnes

    Fantastic news, what incredible journeys these birds make battling the elements and terrain. It reminds me that we humans are a very small cog in the wheel of life.
    Looking forward to Maya and 30 returning safely

  4. Julia brooks clark

    Lovely to see them both back 33 is so attentive towards maya.
    Throughly enjoying watching them on their nest
    Can’t wait to visit.

  5. mary evans

    Lovely boy. So well done 33. You must be very proud of him, Rutland.

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