All Quiet on the Western Front

Or should that be the western end of Rutland Water?

As we sat baking slowly outside in the beautiful weather at lunchtime, we were speculating about the appearance of this rather unexpected egg in the Manton Bay nest: it all seems a bit too good to be true! The fact that Maya, the Manton Bay Female still hasn’t laid again makes us wonder whether this was a trial run. 28 is showing his inexperience by eyeing the egg (and his future offspring) with confusion and suspiscion, and appears content to watch it rather than incubate it. He’s doing his bit though in terms of bringing in fish, and Maya was treated this morning to a healthy feast. She, as is expected, is playing the doting mother and paying the egg far more attention than her partner, but still it’s been left uncovered for some minutes, possibly hours, at a time, but so early at the beginning of the breeding season, there’s still plenty of time for more!

In the meantime, whilst we sit twiddling our thumbs, do enjoy the latest offerings from John…

28 showing his damaged wing

28 showing his damaged wing – his wing has been like this since he first returned to Rutland Water two years ago

Soaring across the blue sky

Soaring across the blue sky

28 in flight

28 in flight

To quote Will Smith: Gettin' jiggy with it

The two birds are continuing to mate regularly – eggs two and three should appear in the next few days

28 attempts to incubate, under the watchful eye of Maya

28 attempts to incubate, under the watchful eye of Maya

Maya coming into the nest

Maya coming into the nest

28 leaving in a hurry

28 leaving in a hurry

Shake ya tail feathers!

Another of 28’s failed attempts to incubate!