The Osprey and his Protectors

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Earlier this month, representatives from the Rutland Osprey Project visited Cottesmore Millfield Academy to tell pupils about ospreys and their daily routine. 2016 is a special year, as it is the Project’s 20th anniversary!

Ospreys eat fish all the time, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Even though they are birds of prey, mice, other small birds, large insects and rodents are safe in an osprey’s habitat.

An osprey is born in a cream coloured, brown speckled egg. The egg has to be incubated by the mother and father of the chicks, sometimes individually, sometimes together. Within 6 weeks, the eggs will eventually hatch, with intervals of 1-3 days in-between.

o2When the young are 6 weeks old, they will be the same size as their father! When they begin their flying lessons, they will flap their wings as fast as they can, but just go about 30cm high, then slowly drift back down to the nest. This action is repeated for a while until the young can fly themselves.

To tell if an osprey is a baby or an adult, you must look closely at the feathers; if it’s a baby they should be white on the tips.

A Year 6 pupil commented, “Some incredible facts were shared with us and some models were brought in so we knew what things were like. Did you know that an osprey’s wingspan is an average of 180cm?”

In late August to early September, the ospreys must be able to fly for they have to migrate to Gambia in Africa! The families separate but come together again when they are in Africa. Usually, the babies don’t come home until they are two years old; they are then officially an adult. Some will not return to Rutland for several years.

Pupils were thrilled to learn about a bird that is so closely associated with their county of Rutland and hope that the Rutland Osprey Project continues to unearth fascinating facts about ospreys!

During the summer holidays try and persuade your elders to take you to Rutland Water Nature Reserve. One of the best ways of seeing these wonderful birds is to take a guided boat trip that takes you to parts of the reservoir where you stand the best chance of seeing fishing ospreys. Their website is crammed with information and has all the details you need.


Georgia, Year 6

Cottesmore Millfield

7 Responses to The Osprey and his Protectors

  1. Maddie Stacey June 22, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Amazing dude 🙂

  2. Tia Bond June 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I loved this article so much especially because the Osprey is so special to us that live in Rutland, we are so lucky to have Ospreys breeding in Rutland. I wish other children could experience the joy that is the Osprey bird.

  3. isobel f June 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    We really are lucky having such amazing birds in Rutland. Well done!!!! so many facts I cant handle it.

  4. Ken Davies June 22, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    We really enjoyed our visit to Cottesmore Millfield Academy. The children were responsive, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Their school badge includes a very impressive Osprey – very appropriate as Cottesmore is so close to the famous Ospreys at Rutland Water. Thank you from the Rutland Osprey Team to everyone at Cottesmore for inviting us, and for being such a fantastic audience. We hope to see some of you over the summer at the Nature Reserve, where you can watch these brilliant birds for yourselves. And thank you Georgia, for writing a super report of our visit.

  5. Well done Georgia, this is a brilliant article. Thank-you and the rest of your school for being such a great and responsive audience.

  6. Georgia June 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you Rutland Osprey Project for the lovely comments, best of luck with the ospreys.

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