The Dyfi male osprey is called Monty, or Maldwyn in Welsh, after Montgomeryshire. After we put the nest platform up in 2007, Monty had made it his own by the following year. In 2008 he was seen bringing nest material to the new nest in an attempt to build it up, and since that time he's had a few other ospreys for company, including another male bird.
Monty is quite unusual for a male osprey, he has two very unique features. He has relatively dark chest plumage and quite dark under-wing feathering, features usually associated with females. He also has very dark, orange eyes - usually adult ospreys have yellow eyes.
Nora comes from another Wildlife Trust reserve; she was one of a clutch of three young from Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trusts' Rutland Water project in 2008. Nora has a white ring with the numbers 03 on her right leg, placed there when she was five weeks old at the nest in June 2008. She is four years old (in 2012) so we're almost certain that she has not bred anywhere else before other than the Dyfi.
Nora doesn't like flounder but is quite keen on the mullet Monty brings back to her - female ospreys rely on their partners for food during the breeding season and usually don't do any fishing for themselves.