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Two’s company

It’s absolutely wonderful that everything is going so well in Manton Bay this year. We have a super pair of Ospreys who are doing a fabulous job. There have been no intrusions to the nest recently, and it has been calm and peaceful. We’re right on schedule with the eggs too – the first on 15th and the second two days later on 17th. The third egg could come along later today, or perhaps tomorrow. This would mean we should expect chicks around 20th-25th May. It’s so exciting!

33 with the two eggs

33 with the two eggs

 

You could be forgiven for thinking that not a lot is happening at the moment, and things do tend to go quiet during the 35-40 day incubation period. But this is exactly what we want! A nice calm, perfect season that goes like clockwork. Personally, I could quite happily sit and watch an Osprey incubate all day long. Oh, I do!

Maya incubating

Maya incubating

 

As is routine these days, 33(11) went fishing early this morning, about 06:00, and brought his catch back to the T-perch. When he’d finished his half, he delivered the remainder to Maya on the nest. She then took it to the perch and 33 incubated the eggs. By this time we had arrived at work and had the camera on, and here is a video of Maya eating her fish.

For some reason, whilst Maya was eating her share of the fish, something made 33 get up from incubating the eggs and fly away, leaving them unattended. He was probably chasing off an offending goose or gull. Maya noticed this, and returned to the nest, bringing the fish with her. For a few minutes she ate it whilst sitting on the side of the nest, then abandoned it to incubate the eggs.

Maya with the fish

Maya with the fish

 

Soon after, 33 returned and landed beside Maya on the nest to check all was well. Later, Maya took the fish off to the T-perch to finish while 33 took over the incubation again.

Maya on the nest with the fish

Both on the nest

 

It’s great to see 33 taking incubating in his stride, and he’s always keen to get on the eggs. He seems to know he must keep his toes tucked in to protect the eggs from those formidable talons.

Maya, of course, is an old hand at this incubating lark, and you can see just how comfortable she is on those eggs. In the video below she arrives at the nest and rearranges some of the nest material, then settles down happily on the eggs.

Maya with the eggs

Maya with the eggs

 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a normal day if 33 didn’t bring in some sort of stick. Well here he is this afternoon, delivering a bramble which he kindly plonked right on Maya’s head!

The bramble!

The bramble!

Together on the nest

Together on the nest

 

Fish and two eggs!

Great news! If you have been watching the webcam you’ll know that there is now a second egg in the Manton Bay nest. Maya laid the egg at about 5:30pm yesterday evening. Here’s a photo taken earlier today of the two eggs during a brief period when they were uncovered. We’re now hoping that Maya will lay a third egg by tomorrow evening.

Maya laid the second egg at around 5:30pm yesterday evening

Maya laid the second egg at around 5:30pm yesterday evening

Today has been another relatively quiet day in the bay, with incubation shared between 33 and Maya. Strong easterly winds have made fishing difficult for 33, but he has managed to catch two small Perch in a sheltered bay close to the nest. The video below shows him presenting Maya with the second of the two fish. He then settles down to incubate the eggs – watch how carefully he positions himself ready to incubate the eggs.

33 incubating the two eggs in the evening sun

33 incubating the two eggs in the evening sun

The way it should be

It has been a settled day again today – normal business continues! Things are going perfectly smoothly at the moment, and we certainly hope that remains to be the case. There is still only the one egg, the next will probably come along tomorrow or the next day. We expect her to lay three eggs as she normally does, each one two or three days apart. Last year, she laid her eggs on 9th, 12th and 15th April.

Maya with the egg

Maya with the egg

Maya incubating

Maya incubating

33 went fishing early this morning, and since then the pair have happily sat around the bay and taken turns to incubate the egg. At one point Maya went to stretch her wings, and in the video below 33 watches her as she flies about, and it looks like she dive-bombs a duck once or twice!

33 has been enjoying his time incubating, and almost fell asleep at one point! It’s great that he’s taken to it so well so quickly, but then he did have a dry run last year and practised incubating nothing!

33 with the egg

33 with the egg

33 incubating

33 incubating

33 looking sleepy

33 looking sleepy

 

True to form, 33 went fishing again this afternoon, and brought back another huge trout.

33 with trout

33 with trout

It's another big one

It’s another big one

 

33 eventually delivered the remains of the trout to Maya on the nest

33 eventually delivered the remains of the trout to Maya on the nest

Monster fish

Yesterday I promised you a video, and today here it is! This is footage of the very large trout that 33(11) caught yesterday evening. What a monster! Enjoy!

33 coming in with the fish

33 coming in with the fish

 

Sitting, waiting and incubating!

Today has been another brilliant day! I was treated to a wonderful surprise when I turned on the camera this morning! Maya was sitting as though she was incubating, and I immediately woke up fully and willed her to stand. A few seconds later she did just that, and there beneath her lay an egg!

Maya and her first egg

Maya and her first egg

 

Not long after, 33 appeared at the nest with a bit of stick. Maya got up and left the egg in his care.

33 and Maya with their egg

33 and Maya

Maya flying to french perch

Maya flying to french perch

 

33 wasn’t worried though, and settled down to incubate like he’s been doing it all his life!

33 incubating

33 incubating

 

A fish had been brought to the nest this morning at about 09:00, which sated the Ospreys for a good few hours. Just before 16:00, Maya got hungry and began food begging. 33 obediently disappeared, and was back in about ten minutes with a piddly little perch! Maya didn’t look that impressed, but she took it away to the T-perch without complaint.

33 comes in with a tiny fish

33 comes in with a tiny fish

Maya takes the offering to the perch

Maya takes the offering to the perch

 

It took her less than ten minutes to eat, and she was soon back on the nest! She was not to go hungry though. Just before 5pm, 33 delighted visitors in the hide by diving for a fish right in front of it! It was a monster trout, and he struggled to carry it up to the leaning perch. Just over an hour later, he delivered the second half to Maya in the nest.

Unfortunately, the video will have to wait until tomorrow, due to timing issues. But here are a couple of photographs to wet your appetite for the film!

33 coming in with the fish

33 coming in with the fish

33 lands with monster trout

33 lands with monster trout

 

In addition to fish, we’ve also had more sticks delivered today. No surprises there! Here’s a video of one that 33 brought in and dropped onto Maya’s back!

It has only been nine days since Maya and 33 returned, and, as such, we didn’t expect to see an egg until later this week or even next week. Clearly Maya is on the ball and ready to breed! Luckily, 33 seems to know exactly what he is doing!

33 moving the egg

33 moving the egg

33 by the egg

“Of course I know what I’m doing”