Early morning rain

I love weather – of any sort! It’s so changeable and uncontrollable, so you might as well embrace it, as there’s nothing to be done about it! That’s what the Ospreys have to do, they are very resilient birds and are used to dealing with the elements, being so exposed as they are.

Maya in the rain

Maya in the rain

33 looking miserable

33 on the perch in the rain

 

33 brought in a nice bit of stick at about 08:15, well it was more like the papery stem of a dead plant! It was a good thing it was lightweight, because he hit Maya in the head with it!

33's stick

33’s stick

33 hitting Maya with it

Coming through!

 

Later on, after they had both sat hunched in the rain for a bit, Maya flew off the nest to stretch her wings and shake off the raindrops. Here you can see her fly past the nest, then she returns to it once again, and settles on the eggs.

Maya returns to the nest

Maya returns to the nest

Maya lands

Maya lands

Maya and the eggs

Maya and the eggs

 

33 went fishing twice this morning, but didn’t do a very good job of bringing the fish to Maya. This morning’s fish was apparently dropped before he could take it to the nest. This afternoon, at about 12:30, he brought in another one, and sat for ages eating it. Maya got impatient and went for a fly-about, and actually landed on the T-perch next to him for a few seconds, before flying back around and landing on the nest again.

33's fish

33’s fish

 

Not long after Maya returned to the eggs, 33 left the T-perch… but he went without the fish! He left it sitting on the perch, where a gust of wind knocked it into the water!

Luckily for the Ospreys and our volunteers and visitors, the weather brightened this afternoon – the rain stopped and the sun came out!

33 incubating in the sun

33 incubating in the sun

The Yellowhammers have been showing well in front of the Lyndon Centre today. At one point there were seven of them out there, four males and three females, all feeding on the spilled seed at the bottom of the feeders. Paul took a couple of lovely photographs of them.

Yellowhammer, photo by Paul Stammers

Yellowhammer, photo by Paul Stammers

Yellowhammer, photo by Paul Stammers

Yellowhammer, photo by Paul Stammers

 

3 responses to “Early morning rain”

  1. Wendy

    Both birds seem to spend a lot of time on the nest together. Even late last night (Monday) they were both sitting together on the nest and this morning they spent a lot of time together too. I just love watching them. Can’t wait for the eggs to hatch and seeing them as parents.

  2. sue mason green

    Hi , are you having any problems with the webcam , only when i tried to have a look today , it was just blank ..?
    Don’t think ‘ it’s my computer . I’m getting so excited now , as the osprey eggs are due to hatch , and i desperately want to see this , as last year it all went wrong. It’s now nearly 1am , early morning, and i usually have a quick peek , before i go to bed, just to check that they are ok.