Close encounters

I can’t believe it’s almost August! I’ve said it a thousand times before, but time does fly, particularly when you spend it watching a bird such as the osprey grow up from birth to maturity! Witnessing the ospreys’ rapid development just serves to make time appear to go faster, and before we know it it’s Birdfair! The three juveniles are still all with us, and won’t be thinking about leaving for around another month. That’s if they want to leave at all – they are getting much too well fed here! Recently, 33 has been pillaging a nearby shallow water supply of fish – right in Manton Bay itself! He has been catching these unsuspecting fish right in front of the hides on the nature reserve! Here are some amazing photographs by John Wright of 33 catching a tench in front of Shallow Water hide.

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There has also been some other excellent action in Manton Bay – as usual! Here are John’s photographs of Maya washing her feet in the water of the bay.

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It’s an amazing thing to witness! Finally, here are some other excellent shots of osprey life in Manton Bay.

T7 and T8 fish watching

T7 and T8 fish watching

33 bringing a roach to T6

33 bringing a roach to T6

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T8 with headless tench (he did not catch this)

T8 with headless tench (he did not catch this)

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T7 taking fish from Maya

T7 taking fish from Maya

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6 responses to “Close encounters”

  1. Suzanne Johnson

    Wow! Fabulous photos!!

  2. Sheila FE

    Thank you Kayleigh, and congratulations John on your absolutely splendid photos. I only wish 33 had fished in the Bay on the few occasions I have been sitting in the hide – that would have been amazing. As you ask, Kayleigh, where has the season gone?

  3. David

    Great pix! Thanx.

  4. Annie Walker

    Wonderful photos !! I was in Waderscrape hide this afternoon and watched 33 fishing…along with many other folk lucky to be there.. an afternoon I will never forget.

  5. Nicola Davies

    Amazing pictures!

  6. Jenny Still

    Great photos. The other week when I was in Waderscrape hide I watched Maya doing her water skimming to wash her feet. She went an amazing distance on the surface and looked as if she was water skiing, without the boat! A privilege to see. The joy of the hide that most times, if you sit patiently, something will happen.