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Thread subject: Beautiful prose from Rutland Water
Name Date Message
Anne UK1 09/22/10 09:29 am I hope this isn't too long to copy over, but I thought it was beautifully written and very moving. I'm also interested to read how birds circle the nest area immediately before setting off on migration. Marge and Green 7Y did exactly the same thing when they left LotL this year - a final mental imprint of the site, or just them finding their bearings?

Here is the passage from the RW diary:-

"After a period of dull weather, Sunday 12th September dawned dry and sunny. It was a largely uneventful morning in Manton Bay. Much to everyone's surprise, three ospreys had remained there long after Rutland's other ospreys had departed. 5R, the adult male, was on his usual perch in front of Shallow Water hide. His mate, the unringed female, had spent a short period alongside 5R during the morning, but by midday was on the perch by the nest site, close to the remaining juvenile [30]. His incessant food begging rang out across Manton Bay, but neither parent showed any inclination to fish. At 12.15pm, the unringed female left her perch and circled slowly, at low level, over the bay. For a while she held this position, then gradually she circled higher and higher still directly above the nest site. After several minutes, she was a very distant bird in the Rutland sky. Suddenly, as if locking on to the migration route, she burst into rapid flight and sped southwards, quickly disappearing from view. Her permanent presence in the bay since early April was over, her migration had begun.

The young osprey had watched his mother's departure in silence, but now he turned his attention to 5R. He flew towards the adult male loudly food begging, but to no avail and soon he was back on his perch by the nest. There he sat silently, surveying the changed scene. How would he react to events? An hour passed and then the juvenile lifted off from his perch and like his mother before him slowly circled over the water. Gradually he flew higher, still circling, until he too was just a speck in the sky above Manton Bay. Then, it was the same fast, direct flight southwards. The young osprey, hatched just 14 weeks earlier, was on his way to Africa with only instinct to guide him.

Now, as in late March, 5R remained the only osprey in Manton Bay. The season was ending as it had begun. Soon, in the wake of his family, he would be on his way and sadly, another osprey summer at Rutland Water would be over. What a pleasure it has been to watch the Manton Bay ospreys this summer and what a privilege to witness the departure of these magnificent birds on their migration. We wish them well and look forward to their safe return."
martyc35 09/22/10 01:23 pm Well, I'm glad you posted, it, because it brought tears to my eyes. I think the observers love these birds nearly as much as the birds love their nesting sites. Lovely, and thanks.
Anne 09/22/10 03:33 pm Very poignant prose there. It is as though they are having one last look around before climbing up to find a thermal.
Anne UK1 09/22/10 05:13 pm Marty, I've been catching up with discussions. I was so sorry to read about your broken arm - I hope it's healing well and not slowing you down too much. These things are so easily done but not so easily fixed :(
martyc35 09/22/10 06:30 pm Thanks for the good wishes, AnneUK1. I'm in physical therapy and must wear a sling most of the time for a few weeks. Luckily I only cracked the bone, didn't knock it out of line or anything. I'm not even taking pain pills much anymore, and I can hold the phone with my left arm to my left ear, a long time habit. I take lots of vitamins and minerals, and I tend to heal quickly, despite my diabetes. My biggest problem is boredom, wouldn't you know. Thank goodness I got my front yard bird viewing station all set up before this happened. The nuthatches, chickadees, and Steller's Jays keep me amused.
Shelley 09/22/10 06:42 pm You know, quite apart from this indeed being a wonderful piece of writing, it is a powerful testament to the value of nest cams and the priviledge of observing that the cams afford us. I doubt anyone would be able to have the *bird's eye* view from the ground, and be able to see and know exactly what the birds were doing on this day, in quite the way this was described here. Thank you so much for sharing that, Anne
Celeste 09/22/10 10:36 pm Truly lovely. The descriptions of them looking at "their" Bay, and flying off, was very moving. It makes me also remember and appreciate the miracle of migration and how the skies throughout this Universe are busy with these wonderful creatures making their journeys' throughout this world.
Nancy L 09/23/10 09:20 am Yes, I also enjoyed that piece of writing. Thanks, Anne, for posting it.

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