David and Goliath

It’s been a beautiful warm early June day at Lyndon and we’ve had plenty of action on the Manton Bay nest to keep us entertained.

After their usual morning fish (a roach) from which all of the chicks had a good feed, not only did the weather heat up, but so did the action on the nest. We’re not seeing much fighting between the three youngsters, but occasionally the older chick throws it’s weight around. That’s certainly what happened in the video below. As you’ll see, despite being knocked onto its back, the youngest chick still put up a good fight!

The youngest chick was knocked onto it's back by the big one!

The youngest chick was knocked onto it’s back by the big one!

In past few days, trout, roach and perch have all been on the menu, but today we had a new fish of the day. Well, three fish of the day to be exact. At 14:45, 33 arrived at the nest with a tench; the first one we have seen him catch this year. Tench are usually bottom-feeding fish, but in the warm, sunny weather he probably found a shoal of them basking on the surface.

The whole family had a really good feed, but it didn’t stop 33. At 15:45 he returned with a second tench, which was still alive when he landed on the nest with it…

None of the chicks were hungry so the fish was left uneaten in the middle of the nest.

Then, would you believe, at 16:20, 33 made it a hat-trick of tench. By now the second fish was almost completely covered in nest material; which was sticking to the slimy skin of the fish. With his family clearly not interested, 33 flew off to the t perch and tucked into a well-earned meal.

The second tench was still lying in the middle of the nest when 33 arrived with the third. The chicks weren't interested!

The second tench was still lying in the middle of the nest when 33 arrived with the third. The chicks weren’t interested!

As if all the action on the nest wasn’t interesting enough, we have news of another returning 2013 Manton Bay chick. Following the arrival of his sister, 3J, a few weeks’ ago, 1J intruded at the nest this afternoon. We’ll have some photos of 1J tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s a photo of him on the nest two years ago.

Welcome home 1J!

1J (left) on the nest with his two siters - 3J and 2J - two years ago

1J (left) on the nest with his two siters – 3J and 2J – two years ago

3 responses to “David and Goliath”

  1. Joan Phillips

    Interesting stories & Great photography! A fascinating Osprey site, especially given the history of the successful translocation of ospreys from Scotland! All the best to the team at Rutland!

  2. Jackie

    Great news about another fledgling making it back

  3. Bill Hunt

    This is wonderful news. ….3J and now 1J back from migration. Welcome home babies……