Faces old and new

This morning we arrived at the centre wondering if 2AN had made an appearance since her disappearing act over the weekend. Unfortunately there was still no sign of her when we went over the nest footage this morning, so we were beginning to feel a little worried, but then Kayleigh remembered something very similar happening last year with T6, one of the Manton Bay chicks. Strangely, T6 went missing on the 30th July, almost exactly the same time of year – and she turned up again on the 3rd of August, so this has helped to put our minds at ease for now. For Kayleigh’s full account on T6’s disappearance last year, click here.

2AN isn't the only chick to go missing for a while - T6 did exactly the same last year!

2AN isn’t the only chick to go missing for a while – T6 did exactly the same last year!

Here’s hoping that 2AN turns up at some point today or tomorrow. For now, 2AM is still in the bay and has been getting way more than his fair share of the fish since 2AN has been absent! As mentioned in yesterdays blog, he had 3 smallish fish between 1pm and 5pm yesterday, and then at 19.14 yesterday 33 finally brought in a whopper!

Big trout
Despite the 3 earlier fish 2AM had tucked into, he spent a good 45 minutes eating this trout before flying off and leaving it on the nest. 33 then took the fish to a nearby perch.

33 flying off with the fish

33 flying off with the fish


This morning we had another visit from the crow, who hasn’t taken long to learn that the nest can be a source of free food after yesterdays visit – and this time the crow brought a friend!

2 crows, one with some leftover fish!

2 crows, one with some leftover fish!

At around half 9 this morning, 33 flew to join 2AM on the nest and began mantling – there were intruders about! Then, according to volunteer Katie in Waderscrape hide, both Maya and 33 left the nest to chase off 2 intruders, and they were absent for quite some time.

This left the coast clear for another intruding osprey to land on the nest – 1J(13)!

1J(13)’s parents are Maya and 5R(04), he fledged from this very nest in 2013 – so he was making a return visit! He hung around on the nest for quite a while before eventually leaving, and according to our volunteers in Waderscrape he even spent some time hassling 2AM at one point, who was sitting in the poplar trees behind the nest.

1J(13) on the nest

1J(13) on the nest

We haven’t seen much on the webcam since 1J’s appearance this morning, but Kayleigh popped down to Waderscrape hide this afternoon and was lucky enough to see loads of action! She saw Maya catch a huge fish in Manton Bay without even diving beforehand. Kayleigh reported that when Maya came up with the fish, her grip on it seemed to be loose, and she ended up dropping it over a huge group of coots in the water, unsettling them from a previously peaceful afternoon. Kayleigh also saw 2AM taking a bath in Manton Bay, and when he rose out of the water his talons were wrapped around the head of a fish! The fish was dropped before it fully broke free of the water, but it is interesting to know 2AM has seemingly already (almost) caught a fish without really trying, just casually mid-bath in Manton Bay! Well done 2AM.
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