Bring on the sunshine

What a beautiful day – it has definitely felt like summer today! 33 went fishing early this morning again, and the chicks were halfway through what looked like a trout when we switched on the cameras.

Feeding the chicks this morning

Feeding the chicks this morning

 

33 took the remains of the fish off to the T-perch again, as is the usual routine, and then brought it back to the nest a little later on. You can see the camera wobble as Maya flies off the french perch, then she circles round and flies into the nest to join 33. She looked rather wet, and must have recently been for a bath in the reservoir!

33 brings the fish back, chick stretches

33 brings the fish back, chick stretches

 

The chicks weren’t that interested in it, though – they must have had their fill earlier!

The peace was shattered part way through the morning when two intruding Ospreys entered the bay. They didn’t come near the nest, and didn’t act aggressively, they just passed through and left, but they still got shouted at by the resident pair!

A few sticks have been added to the nest today, and it was lovely to see that the chicks tried to help 33 as he positioned one of his sticks!

33 moving a stick

33 moving a stick

I'll help you, Dad

I’ll help you, Dad

 

Something rather funny happened on the nest today – well it made me laugh! It was just after the stick moving episode shown above. 33 was in the middle of the nest, shuffling about in some nest material, then all of a sudden he plonked himself down and just sat there! Maya happily realigned some sticks, two chicks preened and the other watched Mum, while 33 chilled out and had a rest. It was a scene of utter contentment!

33 having a sit down!

33 having a sit down!

 

This afternoon, 33 brought in two fish in quick succession. One was a very small something, and the next one was a larger perch. You can hardly see the fish in the first video, it’s no wonder he had to go out again and immediately catch another one!

Chick standing up

Maya feeds the tiny fish to the only interested chick!

Maya with the third, larger, fish

Maya with the third, larger, fish

 

Wild Rutland Day is fast approaching, it’s this Saturday – check it out here! There will be lots of interesting and exciting things to learn and discover, including an informative talk at 10:45 by our Education Officers, Jackie and Ken, providing an introduction to the Osprey Project and our education work, both here and in Africa!

I hope this sunny weather lasts for Saturday, and also continues into July for our series of guided walks! There is one space left on Tim Mackrill’s evening walk on 1st, and seven on our second guided summer walk on 22nd. Click on the bold links to book your place!

All together

All together

Chilling on the nest

Chilling on the nest

33 with chicks

33 with chicks

 

2 responses to “Bring on the sunshine”

  1. Jennifer Rhodes.

    At what age do you ring the chicks,I have watched the video of Maya and 33 since they arrived back from Africa I hope the family have a safe journey back ,and we see them in 2016 Thank You Jennifer