We have all been coming to terms over the last week or so, with the imminent time when the Ospreys will start to leave Rutland and head off on their long journeys south to their wintering grounds. We have always thought that the adult female is the first one to leave, followed by the juveniles and finally the adult male. And this is the case for the majority of the other breeding pairs we have here, however Maya likes to buck the trend, as she is still here despite the two juveniles, female 095 and male 096, both having left on Sunday morning!
Interestingly, the two juveniles left within three minutes of the other, with 095 being the first to go at 09:10. Our wonderful volunteers who were in Waderscrape Hide at the time, described her swooping low over Waderscrape Hide, before circling high in the sky and eventually disappearing south. 096 followed suit just three minutes later. A sad moment for all of us, but we have had the amazing joy and privilege to follow these two develop and grow into magnificent individuals.
These fantastic parting shots of this year’s two Manton Bay juveniles, were taken and shared with us by Chris Wood, so thank you to him.