It’s been a grey, damp day at Lyndon today, but the Manton Bay chicks continue to thrive. When you look at the fish 33 has brought in recently then it’s easy to understand why his youngsters are in such good condition. Here is a video of 33 delivering a tench to his family on Thursday evening. He caught the fish on lagoon 1 and, if you watch carefully, you can see him arriving from some distance away on the wide-angle view. Once he landed on the nest, the fish almost got away…
Yesterday roach replaced tench as fish of the day and 33 delivered this fine fish to the nest shortly after 8am. Roach rarely get much larger in Rutland Water than this particular fish, so any angler would have been proud! You’ll see that one of the youngsters was initially more interested in wing-flapping then eating; but it did eventually join the other two for breakfast.
Today the youngsters have had to wait much longer. After one early morning fish, 33 didn’t bring another in until just before 5pm. In the intervening period Maya spent much of her time on the French perch above the nest, keeping a watchful eye on her chicks below. Here’s a nice video of the chicks watching her as she flies on to the nest.
While the chicks waited on the nest, 33 made several unsuccessful fishing forays. He also saw off 30(10) – one of the males who caused so much disturbance at Site B earlier in the year.
When 33 did eventually return to the nest with a fish, it was another different species: a pike.
Having finished the fish, the family settled down on the nest; a peaceful scene to end the day.