Monty

Monty is the breeding male at the Dyfi

 

Monty

Arguably the most famous, and loved, osprey in the world!

Monty has been around on the Dyfi since at least 2008 and probably 2007, so his earliest year of birth has to be 2005 or earlier.

 

Year of Birth   Unknown - has to be 2005 or before
Place of Birth Unknown                                       
First seen at Dyfi 2007 or 2008
Breeding Year 2011 - present
Chicks Fledged 16   (8 ♂, 8 ♀)
Likes Blue 24, being photographed, Rutland girls
Dislikes Herons
Distinguishing Features Laid back, calm, those orange eyes!
Ring Number Doesn't have one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we opened DOP in April 2009, Monty was the male in residence at the nest we erected in 2007, but he did not have a partner. Several females visited, some stayed for a few days, but none stayed.

 Monty lands on his favourite perch in 2010                                                          
 

In 2010 Monty had another male for company for most of the season - we called him Scraggly due to his rather unkempt appearance!

Then on 9th April 2011, Monty struck osprey gold. A 2008 born Rutland female joined him and this one stayed. We called her Nora and remarkably for two first-time breeders, they produced three eggs, three chicks, all of whom fledged and successfully migrated to west Africa - Einion, Dulas and Leri.

 Leri, Dulas and Einion just before migration in 2011           by kind permission ©Andy Rouse

Nora returned in 2012 and despite the worst summer storm on record, both she and Monty managed, with a little help, to produce one chick - Ceulan. He too successfully migrated to Africa but tragically died in fishing nets on 1st December.

Monty (right) and Nora

Nora didn't return in 2013, but Monty paired up with his current partner, Glesni; another Rutland born (2010) fermale. Between them they have produced seven chicks to date.

Glesni and Monty

Monty is a great fisherman and two separate scientific studies conducted in 2013 and 2015 have concluded that there is no correlation between the fish species that Monty catches and environmental factors such as tidal phase, temperature, time of day etc. He seems to be able to catch when he (or his family) is hungry and does not need to link his fishing trips to any other factor.

Despite being a great provider for his family, Monty does have one vice - he has a crush on Blue 24! 

Glesni is always the last osprey to arrive at the Dyfi and by that time usually, Monty and Blue 24 have started their on-off relationship already. Monty is no saint, but there again he is an osprey; this is completely normal behaviour for this species. The old 'ospreys mate for life' reference in many text books may be correct, but not always with the same bird. As Monty once told Glesni, "if you want monogamy, marry a swan".

Monty and Blue 24 - special friends

Monty is a great father and provider. He has a laid-back character and is seldom agitated. He has quite a dark chest band for a male and extremely unusual coloured eyes. Adult ospreys have yellow coloured eyes, but Monty's are a deep orange shade. This is extremely unusual and we know of only one other osprey which had similar orange eyes - a male osprey named Henry from  Black Isle, Scotland (1998 - 2007/8).

 Monty-mania: everybody loves a bit of Monty