Yesterday, Paul, Lucy and I went on a trip to Wales! The purpose of this trip was to visit the two Welsh Osprey Projects, Dyfi and Glaslyn. So at 05:30 yesterday morning, the three of us set off west! It was a long drive, and there and back in a day made for a very long day, but it was worth it! We arrived in Machynlleth at about 08:30, the sun was just beginning to gain in strength, giving the impression it was going to be a lovely day. We were not due to meet the staff at Dyfi until 10:00, so our first destination was breakfast!
Suitably refreshed, we arrived at the Dyfi Osprey Project in good time. We were greeted by the staff and volunteers, and shown around the reserve by Janine Pannett. The Dyfi Valley is a stunning location, and it was a beautiful day to enjoy the views from the impressive 360° hide. The focus though was of course the Ospreys. The female, 12(10) – a Rutland-fledged bird, was sitting next to the nest, on which were her two youngsters from this year. Her partner, Monty, was also perched nearby. They looked very settled and content, sensibly not moving very much, as the sun was by then rather strong. It was great to see them doing well and looking good.
Next we headed north to Porthmadog, where we met Elfyn Lewis and Ieuan Bryn from the Glaslyn Osprey Project. Now run by a Community Interest Company, the Ospreys are in the very good hands of a dedicated team of people. The location is absolutely magnificent, a beautiful vista of mountainous scenery with the Afon Glaslyn flowing serenely through. We visited the public viewpoint at Pont Croesor, and also had the privilege of going to the protection site. We had amazing views of the Ospreys and their three juveniles. The adult male, 11(98), was a bird who was translocated from Scotland to Rutland in 1998. He has been breeding at Glaslyn since 2004, with the same unringed female. I studied Osprey behaviour for my university honours project, and it was this nest and this pair that I monitored, so it was especially great to see them again, with another successful brood this year.
Many thanks to all the staff and volunteers we met at both projects for your time and hospitality. It was a very enjoyable day and brilliant to see the Ospreys in Wales doing so well. We hope to visit again!
In other news, here are a couple of videos of Maya and 33(11) redecorating the nest yesterday, and 33(11) bringing in a huge trout today!