Poetry in motion

The young Ospreys in Manton Bay have been having the time of their lives since they fledged just over a week ago. They look so natural on the wing now, there is no uncertainty anymore – they are twisting, turning, soaring and gliding with such grace, you would think they had been doing this for much longer than they have.

They are quickly gaining in confidence and becoming more adventurous, but they will not leave the bay just yet, as they know they still get fed on the nest, so won’t want to stray far from it. However, they are spending a lot of time on the wing and flying around in the bay, often very close to the hides, giving visitors to the Lyndon Reserve a very thrilling close-up experience!

The hides certainly are the best place to see the Ospreys at this time of year, as the birds don’t come to the nest very often anymore, only when fish are brought in or if they fancy a lie down! We still have the live camera in the Lyndon Centre for when they do so, of course, and have a myriad of highlights to play, should anyone wish to see them.

Nevertheless, the bay is where the action is, and John has been spending a lot of time down there recently. This is great news, as it means we have some of his fabulous photos to share! All of the photos shown below were taken by John Wright.

The youngsters have all had a go at dunking themselves in the water, never bringing up more than algae and weed, but they are having a go nonetheless! They are almost certainly mimicking the behaviour of the adults when watching them fish, which is how they will learn to do it for themselves.

S1 splashing, photo by John Wright


S1 taking a dip, photo by John Wright

S3 having a dunk, photo by John Wright



They are also finding new and potentially hazardous places to perch!

S1 sitting on a pylon, photo by John Wright

S1 sitting on a pylon


We much prefer it when we see them sitting on fallen trees, which is a much safer alternative to electricity pylons!

S1 perching, photo by John Wright

S1 perching

S1 and S2, photo by John Wright

S1 and S2


They also spend a lot of time sitting on the T-perch, and they are getting better at landing on it! Here is S3 coming in to land with Maya and S1.

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This period of their lives is a learning curve for these young Ospreys, and they have been finding out about the other birds with which they share the bay. Several times the juvenile Ospreys have upset a rather territorial female Mallard, who has chased them off in no uncertain terms! It’s Osprey vs. Mallard!

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It’s wonderful to watch these carefree young birds as they find their wings and learn about the world around them.

S1 and S2

S1 and S2





4 responses to “Poetry in motion”

  1. Cirrus

    Absolutely WONDERFUL,Kayleigh, thank you and John so very much

  2. Bill Hunt

    Well….we may not see them on the nest too often, but keeping up with the blogs keeps S1, S2 and S3 well and truly in focus! And it’s great to hear the news about 3J…maybe next year we will hear stories about her own babies. Thank you!! Please keep the news, pictures and video clips coming.

  3. Jenny Still

    These birds are stunning. It’s astonishing to think how quickly they’ve grown and developed. And the photos and blog really bring it to life. Every time any friends come to the house they get the update and some have even gone out and bought binoculars for the first time!
    Many thanks to all.

  4. Helen Langton

    This is just so lovely to read and the photographs are wonderful. We all get attached to these amazing birds and feel very connected with them, their lives, their trials and tribulations. It is a roller-coaster journey being a supporter and champion of the ospreys. I have managed to get my parents, my best friend, her partner, her parents, my partner and two work colleagues hooked on following the ospreys, not only here at Rutland but other sites too. But lets face it. Its not hard to fall in love with them. Thank you to all the team at Rutland. Se you soon. Helen