All my loving

Another great day full of Osprey action! It’s fantastic to have them here, all day every day. I never tire of watching them. The nest looks entirely different from yesterday. In fact, it looks different every few minutes! 33(11) has been on a mission with the sticks today. He would come in with a stick, move it about a bit, look quite pleased with himself, then off he’d go again, and a few minutes later he would fly back in with another one! Maya was just sitting there watching him with amusement, and making sure she ducked out of the way when he landed!

33 coming in with a stick

33 coming in with a stick

33 with another stick

33 with another stick

 

Maya also did her bit with the arrangement of the sticks:

The nest looks different already

The nest looks different already

Together on the nest

Together on the nest

 

This afternoon, at about 15:00, 33 flew off east, we presumed to go fishing. Then, a few minutes later, we saw him from the Lyndon Centre heading determinedly west at a fast rate of knots. He was making a beeline for the nest. Sure enough, when I looked at the camera, I could see him coming. He flew above the nest, then descended onto Maya’s back! You can see from the video below exactly what he was in such a rush to do!

There has been several mating attempts today, all of them successful. It is therefore looking likely we’ll have eggs in the nest in a couple of weeks! 33’s practise run last season must have done him good, as he clearly knows what he’s doing now!

Later today, at around 16:00, 33 eventually tired of nest building and went fishing instead. He brought his catch to the T-perch and ate his share while Maya called from the nest. It was a very large trout, and it looked as though 33 might not be able to keep hold of it!

33 trying to hold onto the fish

33 trying to hold onto the fish

 

After a while, 33 decided he had had enough fish, and delivered the rest of it to Maya on the nest. Here is a short video showing the sequence of events!

 

 

3 responses to “All my loving”

  1. Pauline Fisher

    What a fascinating set of pictures and videos. Can`t wait to see the eggs appear. Think I`m watching the web cam more than the tele!!

  2. Sheila Elliott

    What a lovely resume of some of the time I spent at MB today. Thank you Kayleigh.

  3. Clive hawker

    Brilliant videos I also seen the attempts at mating hopefully this time they will have eggs and raise a family of their own.