All the fun of the fair!

A cruise aboard the Rutland Belle with the Rutland Osprey team and Simon King marked the start of Birdfair yesterday evening. It was a great way to start off the weekend – we were treated to excellent views of 5R as he searched for an evening meal in the south arm of the reservoir.

Tim Mackrill and Simon King on last night’s Osprey Cruise

Meanwhile at the Birdfair itself, our stand at OD2 is manned by members of the project team on all three days of the fair. We’ve had a steady stream of people coming to chat to us since the gates opened at 9am. In addition to finding out the latest news from the project, you can watch highlights from the Manton Bay nest and browse our selection of second-hand books which are there to raise money for our education work in West Africa. If you’re coming tomorrow or Sunday, then why not also go and listen to Tim Mackrill’s talk on the project in Lecture Marquee 1. Tim’s talk begins at 1pm tomorrow and 3pm on Sunday.

Volunteers Andrew Harwood and Don Scholes chatting to visitors at our Birdfair stand this morning

Some of the team who were helping out on the stand this morning

Meanwhile back in Manton Bay the young female, 9F(12), spent much of the morning on the nest. At about 10am 5R(O4) brought in a fish which was taken from him by his daughter quicker than the blink of an eye; he literally didn’t even land on the nest and it was far too quick for us to press record in time! She ate it for quite some time before the female arrived and tried to convince her daughter to share. After cautiously sidestepping up to her she made a sudden move and managed to get a tiny scrap of the fish before flying off with it. If you’re coming to the Birdfair, you can enjoy all this for yourself by visiting the Lyndon reserve. The two hides which overlook the nest – Waderscrape and Shallow Water – are manned by project volunteers on all three days of the fair.