Remember when 33 used to sit by Maya during incubation, as if he wanted to share it? Well this morning, he wanted to share the brooding of the chicks! Perhaps he was just trying to get out of the wind, but for whatever reason, he was very happy to snuggle up next to Maya on the nest, and it was a very sweet scene.
A bit later in the morning, he went on a foray for nesting material, and came back with a bit of grass and a stick that he dropped onto Maya’s back! She wasn’t that impressed, and stood up to try and shake it off!
Then the rain began, and Maya covered the chicks to keep them warm and dry.
Whilst Maya protected the chicks from the elements, 33 went fishing, and he brought back a lovely big roach at about 10 o’clock. He ate a bit of it first, and when the rain stopped he brought it to Maya so that she could feed the chicks.
She fed the chicks from this fish several times throughout the day, as it was much too big for them to eat in one go! 33 took it off to the T-perch for a while in the afternoon, then he brought it back again.
As you will know, the 2015 Osprey Cruises on the Rutland Belle have begun. The first one was on 23rd May, and it went very well indeed! Here are some amazing photographs of the Ospreys we saw on the first cruise, taken by Steph Murphy. Many thanks to Steph for sharing these photos with us.
We hope every cruise will be as successful as the first! The next two are sold out, but there are some spaces left on the afternoon Osprey cruise on Saturday 20th June – click here to book your tickets!
There is so much happening now at Rutland Water, click here to see all of our events!