Sail into the sun

What a beautiful day to end the week and begin a new month! The sun has been shining nearly all day, and there has not been a hint of rain! The Ospreys have been sitting around in the Bay enjoying the change in the weather. Occasionally one or both of them put in an appearance on the nest, which is great for people visiting the Centre to see on the big screen. No fish have been caught today that we have seen, but there is plenty of daylight left for either 33(11) to fetch a fish, or indeed for Maya to go fishing herself.

Here is a short video of 33(11) rearranging nest material yet again!


Here is a clip of both Ospreys on the nest at the same time, which is always lovely to see. Unfortunately 33(11)’s head has been cut out of view, I think perhaps we need to zoom the camera out a bit more!


A few screen-shots from today:



What's that down there?

What’s that down there?




Yesterday the Rutland Osprey Team set sail, along with sixty enthusiastic visitors, on the first Osprey Cruise of the 2014 season! It was a great experience, and special for me as it was my first cruise! We did not see an Osprey dive for a fish, but we did see three different Ospreys prospecting for fish in the reservoir, one of which obligingly sat right on top of the water tower, providing great views!

One of the Ospreys we saw was 28(10)! Identifiable, even at a distance, because of his slightly damaged right wing. It was brilliant to see him again – he is a particular favourite of mine, and it is nice to know he is still in the area.

It was wonderful to watch the Ospreys flying so close to the boat, they are such beautiful, graceful birds. Everyone who attended the cruise enjoyed it, and I would recommend these cruises very highly!







2 responses to “Sail into the sun”

  1. Mike Nuttall

    Hello Osprey Team,
    Having spent several weeks following the progress of the Manton Bay Ospreys on your webcam and reading your regular updates, the arrival of a sunny day yesterday (June 1st) gave me the opportunity to head north from Swindon to visit the reserve.

    Being pretty new to birding I had no idea what to expect or where to go get the best views. What a pleasant surprise it was then to meet the team at the Lyndon centre and the volunteers in the hides. They were really enthusiastic and more than happy to chat about all the plants and animals on the reserve. Hearing about the ospreys in great detail and being able to discuss migration, feeding and breeding habits, etc. with someone in the hide gives a real understanding of the lives of these magnificent birds.

    I spent most of the day at the Waterscrape hide, which has the biggest windows I have ever seen in a hide. Perfect for scoping or photography. It also has a great reed bed and small lagoon right in front of it. Such a busy little bed too with Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings flitting back and forth, Tufted Duck pottering about and watervoles rushing across the channels.

    For me of course the main attraction was the Ospreys. Although I never got to see them dive for fish I did see some great flying exhibitions. Then in the early evening the 33(11) reappeared from a fishing trip with a large fish and sat in a tree on the far shore to eat it. A couple of cheeky magpies tried to join in the feast with little success. After spending nearly an hour eating he eventualy took the rest of the fish to Maya who was sat patiently on the nest. The final flying display of my day was 33(11) cleaning his talons by draging them through the water.

    If you have never been to the view these magnificent raptors then do yourself a favour and head to Lyndon centre soon, I know it won’t be long until I’m back there 🙂

    Thanks for a great day out


    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Thank you very much Mike, it is lovely to hear that you had a great day out here at the Lyndon Nature Reserve! I am very glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Kayleigh (Information Officer, Rutland Osprey Project).