Monty was the breeding male at the Dyfi from 2011 - 2019



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 estimated year of birth is 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 - 2019
Chicks Fledged 22   (11 ♂, 11 ♀) 
Likes Being photographed and 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 long-term.

 Monty lands on his favourite perch in 2010                                                          

In 2010 Monty had another male for company for most of the season - this led us to question whether Monty was a female as it was so unusual to see two males cohabiting. We named the other male 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 Glesni; another Rutland born (2010) fermale. Between them they produced 12 chicks between 2013 and 2017. To date fiveof those chicks have returned as adults. 

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.

In 2016 Glesni was a little late to return and Monty had already begun pair bonding with another female - Blue 24. This is completely normal behaviour for an osprey. Although Blue 24 did lay eggs they were not successful. Monty and Glesni raised two chicks to fledging age. 

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  

In 2018 Glesni did not return and Monty paired with yet another Rutland Female - Telyn. To date they have raised six chicks together.