He’s the man

We’ve had some more exciting news today! Another osprey has returned to Rutland, the first male so far to do so. It is 28(10), a six year old male who bred for the first time last season, and first attempted to breed in Manton Bay with Maya in 2014. He is a well known bird due to his presence in the bay that year, and he is much loved by many!

28 brings in a fish

28 delivering a fish to Maya, 2014


28 has a slightly damaged right wing, due to an accident which happened prior to his first return to Rutland in 2012. We do not know what occurred, but 28 clearly survived and his injury healed. It does not seem to hinder him in any way, as he migrates perfectly well, is capable of catching fish efficiently, and successfully bred last season. The damage to his wing aids our identification of 28 when in flight and from a distance, as it alters his flight outline. 

28 in flight, showing his upturned right wing (JW)

28 in flight, showing his upturned right wing (JW)


We’ve been hoping throughout the day that 28 might pay a visit to Manton Bay, as he did last year. However, he hasn’t appeared yet…

28(10) was a regular visitor to the River Gwash Trout Farm last season, providing photographers with breathtaking views as he plunged into the farm’s pools to catch fish. He has already visited the trout farm today, and we expect him to go there fairly often now that he is back. To book a place in the photography hides, contact the trout farm by clicking here.


28(10) at the trout farm in 2015


In Manton Bay, 28 may not have visited but Maya has been present all day, bringing more sticks to the nest, scraping out the egg cup, and catching fish. She looks very relaxed as she waits patiently for 33 to arrive, and our visitors today have left feeling very happy that they have had such fantastic views of an osprey!

On nestScrapingWith stick

Maya can be seen on the live screens in the Lyndon Visitor Centre, or from Waderscrape and Shallow Water hides on the Lyndon Nature Reserve. Now that she’s back, she will be present in the bay every day, preparing the nest for the season. Volunteers are present in Waderscrape hide to show you the nest through our telescopes and tell you all about the Manton Bay nest and its ospreys. To read more about the Lyndon reserve, click here!