The female osprey settles on her first egg (Photo: John Wright)
By Tim Mackrill
Ospreys Project Manager, Rutland Water
Ospreys are a spectacular bird of prey that feed exclusively on fish.
They were once common across England but became extinct due to widespread persecution during the Victorian era.
After an absence of 150 years, Ospreys have now been breeding in the Rutland Water area since 2001, thanks to a successful reintroduction project run by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Anglian Water.
This year a pair have chosen to nest on the Lyndon Nature Reserve.
The male (known as 5R) fledged from a nest in the area in 2004, but his mate is originally from Scotland.
The male osprey, 5R, was fledged from another Rutland site in 2004
The female laid the first egg on 22 April 2010 and there are now three eggs in the nest.
The incubation periods lasts between 35 and 40 days and so the chicks are expected to hatch at the end of May.
The female carries out most of the incubating, while her mate must catch at least two fish every day to feed them both.
You can get great views of the nest from bird watching hides on the
, and live images from the nest are shown in the Visitor Centre.
The nest is currently being monitored round the clock by a team of 150 volunteers.
BBC Leicester will be following the ospreys' development, from eggs to fledge and beyond, so keep checking back for updates.
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