Every time it rains

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.

Getting cosy

Getting cosy

33 snuggling up to Maya and the chicks

33 snuggling up to Maya and the chicks

 

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!

33's gift

33’s gift

 

Then the rain began, and Maya covered the chicks to keep them warm and dry.

33 and Maya in the rain

33 and Maya in the rain

Maya sheltering the chicks from the rain

Maya sheltering the chicks from the rain

 

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.

33's big roach

33’s big roach

 

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.

Maya feeding chicks

Maya feeding chicks

Maya feeds the chicks

Maya feeds the chicks

Feeding from the roach

Feeding from the roach

 

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.

28(10), taken by Steph Murphy

Osprey 28(10), identifiable by his bendy-wing

28(10), photo by St

06(09), photo by Steph Murphy

33(11)

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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 also one space left on the afternoon cruise on 27th June – and don’t forget, Saturday 27th June is Wild Rutland Day!

There is so much happening now at Rutland Water, click here to see all of our events!

On the nest this morning

On the nest this morning

 

 

One response to “Every time it rains”

  1. Mike Simmonds

    Thank you Kayleigh and what a great set of captures.