What an exciting day! We had another visitor to the nest this morning, and it was not a goose! It was another Osprey, 30(05), our satellite-tagged female! We saw 33(11) mantling on the nest, then all of a sudden there were three Ospreys, 30(05) had actually landed on the nest alongside the Manton Bay pair!
For a while they all just sat there on the nest together, Maya and 33(11) were mantling away and 30(05) was standing about unconcerned. Then 33(11) took off and landed on the camera perch, and Maya had a couple of tries to get 30(05) off the nest. She almost landed on top of her a few times, gave her a bit of a push, and she even kicked her in the face at one point!
We were all quite surprised that 30(05) managed to land on the nest at all, especially now that it is occupied by two Ospreys. However, lots of other Ospreys intruded at the Manton Bay nest when it was just Maya around, and many of them landed on the nest. In fact, 30(05) was one of them! Eventually, as with the other intruders earlier in the season, 30(05) got the message and decided to leave the party.
30(05) bred at Site K from 2009 – 2012. Last year her partner did not return, so she did not breed. This year, she spent some time with male Osprey 06(09) at the beginning of the season. However, they are not breeding, and so 30(05) is wandering further away from her nest site and evidently intruding at other nests! This means we may see her around Manton Bay more often!
In other news, 33(11) got a successful mating attempt in this morning! He’s getting better all the time. With all of his nest building, fish bringing, incubation (of nothing) and mating practise he will be a super-male next season!