A clumsy fisherman and a couple of visitors…

A sunny Bank Holiday Sunday has brought many people to the reserve and the nest in Manton Bay has kept us all entertained. A bit of sunshine has obviously made it look more attractive than usual and it has played host to a couple of visitors…

5R’s mate seems to have enjoyed a day off from the wet and windy weather as she’s been having regular breaks to have a stretch and a preen.

In between stretching and preening, the female has been doing plenty of food begging. By the afternoon the breeze had died down and 5R eventually decided it was time to go fishing. He managed to catch a roach in front of Waderscrape hide and took it to a nearby perch. After eating part of the fish 5R took the remainder to the nest and what followed proved to be a fairly clumsy changeover. It’s a good job that he’ll only have to carry out incubation duties for another two weeks and then he’ll be able to concentrate on doing what he does best.