The Manton Bay Ospreys had a busy start to what was a rather murky morning in Rutland.
As we arrived at the visitor centre at around 8am we could see that the juvenile 3J was tucking into half a trout on the nest and beside her lay another half-eaten trout. ‘They’ve done well this morning’ we thought! We were further impressed when on speaking to our volunteer, Chris Wood, in the hide we discovered that 5R too was filling himself up on a freshly caught trout and that the Manton Bay female flew in close to Waderscrape hide carrying another trout, the largest one of the three.
As you may have noticed if you’ve been watching the webcam or reading our updates over the last week or so, 5R’s delivery of fish has reduced and 3J has been left incessantly food begging to no avail. But today it seems the adult birds have had a change of heart.
Following this morning’s feast there has been no slowing down. This afternoon all three Ospreys have been sat side by side on one of the perches each with another fish. The Manton Bay female and 5R each caught their own and 3J is tucking into the ‘spare’ one from this morning.
With a long journey ahead of them all this food should stand them in good stead.