When you’re gone

It looks as though some of our Manton Bay Ospreys have finally decided to leave! They have taken their time, but it was nice to have them all for so long. We don’t like to see them go – a bay devoid of Ospreys is a depressing sight. Alas, we know that they must – it is their nature to only spend the summer here, and winter elsewhere. If they didn’t leave us, we wouldn’t have that wonderful sense of excitement and anticipation in March every year, or be able to visit The Gambia and Senegal and see them on their wintering grounds. Every cloud has a silver lining.

They haven’t all gone just yet, though. Maya, 33 and S3 are still with us, and it is S1 and S2 whom we believe to have begun their journey southwards. The two male juveniles were last seen late yesterday morning. There is always a chance they could reappear, but with each passing hour it looks more likely that they have, in fact, departed. It was only a matter of time. Their migratory instincts are very strong, and we hope they will carry them safely to their destination.

As I have mentioned before, Maya bucks the trend that says adult female Ospreys leave first on their migration. She always waits until at least one of her chicks has left before she does, therefore we are not surprised that she remains with us. Of course, we can’t attempt to predict 33’s behaviour, as this is the first year he has raised chicks. Last season, he left the day after Maya. It will be interesting to see if he waits until last this year, as is the commonly held belief when it comes to breeding male Ospreys.

With two gone, the others won’t be far behind! As such, now could be your last chance to see them this year, and, as Dave mentions in his video (below), this weekend was his last chance to film all of the Ospreys in the bay. Therefore, we are happy that we have another fabulous video from Dave Cole to share, filmed from Shallow Water hide yesterday. Many thanks to Dave for this, and I hope you all enjoy what might be the last video we have of the Manton Bay Osprey Family of 2015.


8 responses to “When you’re gone”

  1. BecOwl

    Great video thank you. So lovely to see them bathing and looking so well before their long journeys. Just S3, Maya and 33 in the bay when I arrived in the afternoon. Safe travels to them all.

  2. Wendy

    It has been fascinating following the Manton Bay Osprey family. I shall miss seeing them on the webcam every day and reading all about their exploits – if only they knew the enjoyment they have given to so many people. Stay safe lovely birds – and we all hope to see Maya and 33 back safely next spring, and the youngsters the following year. God speed on your long journey.

  3. Judy Williams

    I’ve watched on the webcam each egg hatch with such good parents, Maya and 03 caring for their every need. Until now 3 strong juveniles ready to go. 2 have gone and soon the whole family. It’s been such a joy to follow their progress and I will miss them too DC. Wish them well on their journey and see them return soon.

    Thankyou for the last video of them all together.

  4. Jenny Cartwright

    Thanks for that super video Dave, our four remaining birds at Threave were performing in a similar way yesterday, a lot of flying about for most of the afternoon whilst I was on duty at the platform.

    Our male, Black 80, is still with us plus his three daughters FH7,8,& 9 but are obviously preparing for their long flight South.

    I shall save Dave’s video to play during the winter, it will cheer us up on a cold dark day. God speed to all our wonderful ospreys.

  5. Jenny Cartwright

    Kayleigh, thank you for your report too and all you reports through the osprey season, I should have included you in my previous reply, here’s to next season.

    Jenny Cartwright
    NTS Threave, Osprey Volunteer.
    Dumfries & Galloway

  6. Donna Cross

    It is always so exhilarating to watch these beautiful ospreys and see how they live in lovely Manton Bay. We extend a huge thank you to Dave and all the others for taking time to film these wonderful birds and for sharing the photos.

    We have enjoyed watching the chicks being born, growing and taking flight. Thank you again for sharing this amazing experience on the website and especially through the live webcams.

    Much appreciated,

    Donna and Paul Cross
    Toronto, Canada

  7. David

    Excellent blogs, pix, and videos! Thank you for them.

    Has there been any indication that the fledglings which have apparently migrated had learned to fish for themselves before leaving?

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Hi David, thanks for your comment. Juveniles don’t usually catch their own fish until they are on their way south, but they practise diving, and S2 did actually catch his own fish this year, which is great!