Drama in Manton Bay

As Lucy reported yesterday, there was much excitment in Manton Bay on Friday morning when our World Osprey Week satellite-tagged Osprey, 30(05), landed on the Manton Bay nest while the resident female was away. Moments later she was joined by a second bird, 28(10) – the first time we had seen the four year-old male this year. John Wright was in Shallow Water hide to see the action unfold. Here are his brilliant phots from a dramatic morning.

30(05) was already sitting on the nest when she was joined by 28(10)

30(05) was already sitting on the nest when she was joined by 28(10). You can see the aerial on her satellite transmitter in the photos below.

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28(10) has yet to breed, but his intentions were immediately clear!

28(10) has yet to breed, but his intentions were immediately clear!

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For the next ten minutes the birds sat next to each other on the nest, both clearly nervous about being there.

For the next ten minutes the birds sat next to each other on the nest, both clearly nervous about being there.

The Manton Bay female was in for a shock when she arrived back at the nest!

The Manton Bay female was in for a shock when she arrived back at the nest!

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She immediately chased the two intruders off the nest and began displaying high above them.

She immediately chased the two intruders off the nest and began displaying high above them.

Soon afterwards, another female joined the party - this time the Site O female.

Soon afterwards, another female joined the party – this time the Site O female.

She's also waiting for her mate to return and couldn't resist touching down on the Manton Bay nest briefly.

She’s also waiting for her mate to return and couldn’t resist touching down on the Manton Bay nest briefly.

Eventually the intruding birds all headed off and the Manton Bay female returned to her nest. Calm was restored.

Eventually the intruding birds all headed off and the Manton Bay female returned to her nest. Calm was restored.

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Shallow Water and Waderscrape hides both offer great views of the Manton Bay nest, so why not pay us a visit this weekend? There is bound to be more drama to come. For directions to the Lyndon Visitor Centre, click here.

The view from Shallow Water hide has been ever-changing this week. This weekend, though, is forecast to be fine and dry.

The view from Shallow Water hide has been ever-changing this week. This weekend, though, is forecast to be fine and dry.

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3 responses to “Drama in Manton Bay”

  1. Kathy E, Minsmere

    OMG where’s 5R? Drrama, suspense! I don’t think my nerves can stand much more of this!

  2. Clare

    Fantastic photos! It’s high time these ladies’ mates all returned home…..they’re clearly looking for something to do while waiting.

  3. Suzanne Goldsmith

    Stunning photos. Thank you for sharing this intriguing drama!