jsb Many thanks for the maps of Rutland Water, though I can't emulate your "Round Britain Tour", I have arranged a visit there at the end of the month - hopefully just after the Manton Bay chicks have fledged.
Has anyone been on an Osprey Cruise at RW? I've booked for one, as I thought it might be a good intro to the place.
I haven't had the pleasure of a cruise, Sue, but I know others who have and their experience tends to depend on whether the ospreys are fishing nearby. This year they seem to have had a run of good luck in that regard just recently, plus the weather's been excellent.
Really hope you have a great trip!
Thanks guys, I shall do some work on it asap.
Sue C: I had good reports of the cruises when I was there, on one recent trip the manager told me that an Osprey was fishing quite close to the boat. I seems that the RW Ospreys, with the civil engineering work going on near their nests and all the other activities, has had the effect of making the birds, quite tolerant. Also the size of the reservoir is enormous and a very irregular shape which helps. On a future trip, I would certainly include the cruise.
JSB Sorry I missed this thread when it was active.
I noticed you mentioned the Piperdam ospreys. The interesting thing is that the female was an osprey translocated to Rutland in 1999. It had a black ring (01) She bred at Piperdam in 2002, 2003 (3 chicks) and 2004 (2 chicks) She failed to return in 2005 like so many other ospreys that year. She came from the same nest as 08 (97) and was his little sister.
What was also fascinating was that the male osprey she paired up with had a toe missing from either foot and was thought to be unlikely to be able to raise a family as he was not the best at fishing. History proved otherwise. I think he returned in 2005 but did not attract a mate. Then I think he failed to return in 2006. The male had a ring orange ZT.
Apparently he had been there a number of years before 2002 with other females but had not been successful in producing young with other mates.