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Star ospreys return to Rutland Water and waste no time in reuniting




Rutland Water's star ospreys have returned to the Manton Bay nest today (Friday, March 19) and wasted no time in reuniting.

The birds 33 (11) and Maya have nested together since 2015 and made the long-awaited return today.

33 (11) was first to arrive at 12.29pm and Maya appeared at 12.56pm.

Ospreys Maya, right, and her partner 33 (11) on the nest containing their chicks in 2020. Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Ospreys Maya, right, and her partner 33 (11) on the nest containing their chicks in 2020. Photo: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

In a post on Facebook, the Rutland Water Osprey project said: "33(11) was the first to arrive at 12:29 and it wasn't too long before Maya appeared at 12:56. The pair got straight down to business and copulated at 1pm."

It comes just a few days after breeding female number 25 made its return to the reservoir, where they are always a popular attraction.

A live web cam is set up so the birds can be watched on the nest. It can be viewed here.



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