The Rutland Ospreys.
What a lovely day we had and in such glorious weather. The bird reserve was looking fabulous with the blue of the sky reflected in the water and the scent of hawthorn blossom everywhere. There are two parts to the reserve, the south side and the north side. We started on the south side as that is where the osprey cams are in the viewing hide. It is a mile to the hide and the air was full of birdsong coming from invisible birds! As we left the visitor centre the beginning of the walk was alongside wild garlic and pink campion, the smell of garlic was overwhelming but lovely.
Inside the hide we spotted the male over the water behind the nest.
My little camera is very good, those photos were way across the water on the other side.
The cormorants were outside the hide window and the “Cormorant tree” was full of youngsters and adults.
For the next photos I jumped into the water with my camera in a waterproof bag, climbed up a ladder and took the photos…….especially for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This little one kept trying to escape! There arre 3 babies in the nest and two, I believe, were born a couple of days ago and the youngest, just in the early hours of this morning. Dad brought a fish and they are all feeding……a gorgeous sight.
We returned to the car and ate our Tesco chicken, tomato and basil salad and thai chilli crisps. En route to the north side there just happens to be a nursery with a cafe so after looking round we had a cuppa and OH had coconut and jam shortcake and I had the most deeelicious brownie.
On the north side we ambled along and admired the sceneryand lovely trees. Look at the tiny fishes in this stream….they had sunk a perch in to the mud for a kingfisher but we didn’t see one.
This goose tickled me, peeping out of this lovely meadow. Its mate was lying down close by.
We went in a few more hides and here are a couple of views across the scrapes. The sand martin wall was alive with birds darting in and out of their nests.
We left at 3 o’clock as OH’s cold was getting worse and he was tired but were home just after 4 after a thoroughly exciting and enjoyable day.
If anyone wants to follow the progress of these chicks….and there is another one to hatch…..just Google Rutland Osprey webcam. It is fascinating watching the nestcam.