Battle of the brothers

Male Osprey 33(11) made quite a nuisance of himself yesterday at the Manton Bay nest. 28 spent the entire day trying to chase him away, and ended up being the one getting chased! Another male Osprey, 01(09), decided to join the party, and he started chasing 33! 28 disappeared for a while, and 33 made some swoops at the nest, forcing Maya to leave the eggs unattended to see him off. Eventually it all quietened down, 33 and 01 disappeared, Maya settled back down to incubate, and 28 returned. Peace was restored.  

28, 33 and 01 all happen to be brothers. They all hatched out in consecutive years from the same nest – Site B. 01 was from 2009, 28 from 2010 and 33 from 2011. Brotherly rivalry?

Below are some amazing photographs of the chase by John Wright.

The female watching the chase from the nest

The female watching the chase from the nest

The chase takes the birds as high as 4,000ft!

The chase takes the birds as high as 4,000ft!

 

Some great shots of 33 chasing 28. You can clearly tell which one is 28 by his slightly damaged right wing.

IMG_9789---Photo 3 - 33-chasing-28

IMG_9880---Photo 4 - 33-chasing-28

IMG_9885---Photo 5 - 33-chasing-28.-Both-almost-upside-down

IMG_9886---Photo 6 - 33-chasing-28

IMG_9895---Photo 7 - 33-chasing-28

IMG_9896---Photo 8 - 33-chasing-28

IMG_9729--Photo 9 - 33-chasing-28

 

Some nice close-ups of 33:

IMG_0005---Photo 10 - Male-33

IMG_0003---Photo 11 - Male-33

IMG_0004---Photo 12 - Male-33

 

33 bothering Maya:

Female below, chasing male 33 from the nest

Female below, chasing male 33 from the nest

Female below chasing male 33

Female below, chasing male 33

Male 33 approaching as female lands on nest

Male 33 approaching as female lands on nest

Male 33 above the female

Male 33 above the female

Peace is restored in the bay - the female sitting on the eggs

The female sits on the eggs as peace is restored in the bay

3 responses to “Battle of the brothers”

  1. Annie Walker

    Absolutely stunning photos. I can’t wait for my next osprey fix from Manton Bay online.. just wish I was there..

  2. Rebecca Denny

    What amazing pictures. Absolutley stunning. Thank you for sharing those John and ROP.

  3. Michael Suddaby

    Thank you Kayleigh & John for keeping us all informed and on the edge of our seats with your updates.
    We had a great time visiting Manton Bay yesterday and were lucky enough to witness the excitement. It was amazing to see the magnificent birds battling away, swooping passed the nest and then climbing so high we lost them in the clouds.
    Keep up the excellent work and see you all again soon.
    Michael & Iris