Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Monty got a Good Deal

Earlier in the year when Nora the female Osprey failed to show up for duty at the Montgomery Wildlife Trust's Cors Dyfi Reserve it looked as if things could go horribly wrong for Monty the male. A succession of females put in brief appearances but all moved on. Then, late in the proceedings, Blue 12, a Rutland reared female, turned up and took a shine to him just in the nick of time. She proved to be of good stock and this morning I got to ring the fruits of this late pairing, one of the latest first egg dates ever recorded for British Ospreys. At just over five weeks old the two chicks were strong and healthy with very good weights, a reflection of the excellent fishing conditions the male has been afforded by the run of good weather.

Before - hard to believe they have grown so fast

During - 1R gets her own back as she is returned to the nest

After - normal activity resumes very soon after we leave the nest with Monty returning with a large Brown Trout

These two females chicks join the two I ringed earlier in North Wales at a nest platform erected by the Friends of the Ospreys. 

Fed up of playing dead - 8R makes a stand!

At least 6 chicks have been reared in Wales this year at 3 successful nests so hopefully, over the next few years, we will get to see a further increase in the number of these amazing birds nesting in Wales.

More info on these two projects can be found at :




PS Dyfi Osprey project have released a short video of the chicks been ringed which you can view at the following link;


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