Fish burglar

Another exciting day on the Manton Bay nest! This morning there was an intruding Osprey, identity unknown, which was seen off by 33(11). Both Maya and 33 sat happily side-by-side on the nest for a while, then 33 took off again. This time though, he wasn’t chasing an intruder, he was catching a fish! A great big one too. He took it to a perch, ate half then brought the rest to Maya. He is doing well with his fish deliveries, and he is catching some monsters!

33(11) approaching the nest with the fish

33(11) approaching the nest with the fish

33(11) delivering the fish

33(11) delivering the fish

 

As expected, Maya took the fish away to a perch to eat. We assumed she would be away from the nest for quite a while, as 33(11) spent almost an hour eating his portion, and there was still a lot left. However, Maya returned to the nest only 20 minutes later, without the fish. Could she have finished it in that time? It turned out that she had actually left the remainder of the fish on the T-perch. This is strange behaviour, as she would normally hold on to it until she had eaten the whole thing, lest it be stolen by a mischievous gull or crow.

Well, it did get stolen, by another Osprey! A opportunist male, who was probably cruising by on a fishing trip, spotted the unattended fish and took the opportunity that was presented to him. Why go fishing when there’s one just sitting there for the taking? So in he swooped and swiped it! Maya and 33(11) gave chase, but the intruder hightailed it away with his prize. This just goes to show that you cannot be careless with your dinner, this pair won’t be doing that again!

Maya and 33(11) on the nest together

I only put it down for a second!

 

Another exciting thing that happened was a successful mating attempt! This puts their total to about two or three successful attempts. More of that is what we need.

33(11) looking regal on his nest

33(11) looking regal on the nest