Saturday, 6 September 2014


Richard and myself were called in for another Osprey duty as our birds were still {and still are today} in residence at Manton Bay. Maya and 33/11 are both at the nest and seem not to want to move. Maya having been one of the last Ospreys to leave over previous years appears to be setting the pace and 33/11 is staying due to another suitor 51/11 still also being present.

One of the satellite tracked birds, 30/05 is making tremendous inroads into her migration having covered 1517 Km in just 3 days at altitudes up to 3260 metres {well over 10000 feet} and at the last up date from the satellite on the 4th of September was roosting just to the East of Rabat.

7th September 2014. Maya was at Manton Bay early today but looks as if she has decided to set off and migrate, she has not been seen for the rest of the day but 33/11 is still guarding the nest as 51/11 is still about.

Update: the 8th September, both 33/11 and 51/11 have set off  South and migrating, good luck for them to return next March and raise some young. No Ospreys are left at Rutland.

30/05 is 8 days into her migration and has covered 3665 Km and is tonight roosting in Western Sahara.

Maya on Camera Post having just finished eating a trout.

33/11 on T post adjacent to nest. 

Maya flying from camera post to T post having washed her feet. 

33/11 and Maya on T post at peace with the world. 

Little Owl Site No. 13.
Not the best of locations for an image but fortunately you cannot tell them to move to a more picturesque position.

Whilst taking this image a juvenile flew into the Barn and knocked the adult of its beam and they both disappeared outside.

Little Owl Site No. 4.
We had not seen a bird here for a few weeks so good news to see this bird even if it is a singleton.

Little Owl Site No. 17.
Just saw the one adult bird both outward bound and on our return but no Barn Owls to date.

Little Owl Site No. 12.
First time for a while we saw two two birds at the barn. Had to rush away for duty at Rutland.

Egyptian Goose Rutland Water .

Grey Leg Goose Rutland Water.

Osprey Nest at  Lyndon Centre with a late clutch of Golf Balls????

Spider in our front garden today.

Three images of Common Darter Dragon Fly, our garden today.

About Me;

Titus White:
Hi I am Richard Peglers friend Titus White, and those who follow Richards posts will understand the name and reason for it. I have been birding with Richard for 3 years and a volunteer at Rutland Water on the Osprey Project for 2 years. My early images were taken on a Nikon D80 with a 70 - 200mm lens. I updated the lens to a 70 - 300mm VR lens but still was not happy with the results. Eventually when Nikon announced the D7100 I decided to change so upgraded the camera and also invested in a Sigma 50 - 500mm lens.
I first met Richard through Arthur Costello as I was having the occasional visit from Little Owls on our land. We eventually found the Little Owls through another contact about 100 metres away. Photo's will follow on future posts.
I have recently upgraded my camera to full frame, this is a challenge I am at the moment enjoying trying to get the best out of the beast.
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