Aerial display

It has been a lovely day today! The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the Ospreys were present in the Bay nearly all day. Not just the Manton Bay pair either, there was another visitor to the nest this morning – 30(05)! This female Osprey has visited this nest about three times already this season. She has not bred this year unfortunately, so she is floating around exploring other nest sites. She obviously likes this one!

Maya and 33(11) were absent from the Bay at the time 30(05) landed on the nest, they had been seen flying off together earlier on. 30(05) therefore was able to sit quite contentedly on the nest for about half an hour. When the Manton Bay pair did return however, they were not impressed to find her on their nest, and chased her away without hesitation.

In the video and photographs below you can see the aerial of her satellite transmitter, and just about read the number 30 on her rather dirty leg ring.

30(05) on the Manton Bay nest

30(05) on the Manton Bay nest

30(05) on the nest

30(05) on the nest

 

Maya and 33(11) have not left the Bay since returning this morning to find an intruder on their nest. They have been perched nearby keeping an eye on things, making sure 30(05) does not come back! They shared a fish early this morning, so fishing was not a great priority for most of the day, though 33(11) caught one later (see below). The pair were seen on the nest several times, and we witnessed a successful copulation, as you’ll see in the video below.

 

Here is a video from yesterday evening, when another mating attempt didn’t quite go to plan! Maya did not seem interested in mating at all, and snapped at 33(11) a few times.

Unsuccessful mating attempt yesterday

Unsuccessful mating attempt yesterday

 

Luckily for 33(11), today Maya was more amenable! As I said previously, it is now certainly too late for any good to come of these mating attempts this year. However, all this mating is good practise for next season, and it also helps to cement the bond between the Osprey pair, which seems very strong.

Maya and 33(11) on the nest together yesterday

Maya and 33(11) on the nest together yesterday

 

Later this afternoon, 33(11) lazily dropped off his perch and plucked a fish out of the still waters of Manton Bay! He took it away to a perch to eat his half. At about five o’clock, just as we were preparing to close the Centre, we saw Maya food begging on the nest, then 33(11) dropped onto it with the remainder of the fish, which Maya then took away to finish.

33(11) delivers a fish to the nest this evening

33(11) delivering a fish to the nest this evening