Seasons in the sun

As I mentioned yesterday, we still have lots of Osprey action happening in Manton Bay! This time of year is a very active time, as all three juveniles have been flying for two and a half weeks now, and are loving the freedom their wings give them.

The Lyndon Nature Reserve remains the best place to see the Manton Bay family, either from Waderscrape or Shallow Water hides. Volunteers will be on duty in Waderscrape hide from 6am – 8pm every day until our Ospreys leave us, along with telescopes for you to use to have a look at the Ospreys. We have also had several Water Vole sightings from the scrape in front of the hide!

Shallow Water hide is a quieter hide which is great for photography. From this viewpoint, the nest is seen with a nice backdrop of Burley-on-the-Hill. Shallow Water hide is where Dave Cole has spent a lot of time recently, filming the Ospreys. His patience and dedication have been rewarded with several superb videos, which he edits brilliantly to create films of the best shots of the Ospreys and other wildlife in Manton Bay. Here is his most recent Manton Bay video. Many thanks to Dave for this wonderful footage.

Just recently, we have been informed of some great news – another 2013-born Rutland Osprey is on his way home! It is 1K(13), a male who was seen on his wintering grounds in The Gambia last winter, and who we hoped we would see this year. He is not actually back in the UK yet, but he’s close – he’s in Belgium!

Here is where he was spotted. Photo courtesy of Google-Earth and this website.

1K's location in Belgium

1K’s location in Belgium


These photographs of 1K were taken by Dieder Plu. Many thanks to Dieder for allowing us to share them.

1K, photo by Dieder Plu

1K, photos by Dieder Plu

1K in Belgium3

The summer holidays are now in full swing, and the weather is finally improving! We are glad that tomorrow looks set to be a lovely day, as it is Osprey Family Fun Day! If you’re stuck for something to do with the family, and you enjoy wildlife, games and a mission to complete, then this is the event for you!

Children get the chance to be an Osprey for the day, with their very own Osprey ring. Then they must migrate through the nature reserve, undertaking several activities in order to continue onto Africa (Waderscrape hide)!

There will also be a bird ringing demonstration taking place!

The fun will take place tomorrow (4th August) at the Lyndon Nature Reserve, near Manton, from 10am-3pm. You don’t need to book, just turn up on the day. Click here for more information.

Fun day 2Fun day 3

We had another superb Osprey Cruise on Saturday, with several close-up sightings of flying Ospreys, and a fabulous view of one catching a fish! Here are a couple of photographs taken by John Smallman, which really show just how big the fish was! Thank you to John for these shots.

John Smallman - Over the Water John Smallman - flying away John Smallman - Edge of the Woods

There are a few more Osprey Cruises taking place throughout August, some of which still have spaces remaining. Here is a list of the remaining cruises with availability – click each one to see more details and book:

Wed 5th August 16:30
Sat 8th August 15:45
Wed 12th August 16:30
Sat 29th August 15:45




3 responses to “Seasons in the sun”

  1. Valerie Webber

    Kayleigh have you seen this on the Going Birding Hampshire website at Fishlake Meadows Romsey Hampshire – two Ospreys have been there for several days and I have copied this –
    One of the birds has a darvic ring on right tarsus – Blue 1J. If the internet is correct it is a 3cy male that was ringed 2013 at Rutland.

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Yes seen the news, thanks Valerie! It’s great to know where he is, as he hasn’t been seen around here for a while.

  2. Keith Rogers

    Great News on 1K (2013) – Hope he and his brother 2K (Also sighted winter 2013/4) return to join the rest of the Rutland returnees. Wherever they decide to eventually set up base it is great to hear of them again.