The Rutland Osprey Project team were thrilled to see the first osprey chicks of 2017 for Maya and her mate 33.
It is always exciting when osprey eggs begin to hatch, but it felts extra special in the Manton Bay area of Rutland Water Nature Reserve this year as the pair laid four eggs for the first time.
However, it later became apparent from the webcam that one of the chicks had died - an upsetting and unusual occurence as we haven’t seen anything like this happen before on the nest.
For now, there is still one healthy chick remaining, and Maya and 33 have a high rate of breeding success compared to some nests so we are hopeful that the rest of the year will go well for them. The remaining 2 eggs should hatch over the next couple of days, and we remain optimistic that this will still be a productive year for our wonderful ospreys!
Keep up to date with all the latest news and watch events unfold on the webcam at www.ospreys.org.uk
Return of big brother: a day before the first egg hatched, one of 33 and Maya’s first chicks together (male S1) returned home to Rutland Water for the first time since fledging in 2015.
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