Fish of the day

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.

Maya feeding the chicks roach for breakfast

Maya feeding the chicks roach 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.

The three youngsters watching Maya fly to the nest

The three youngsters watching Maya fly 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.

You can see the distinctive head shape of the pike in this photo

You can see the distinctive head shape of the pike in this photo

Having finished the fish, the family settled down on the nest; a peaceful scene to end the day.

Stormy skies

One response to “Fish of the day”

  1. Kate Waterton

    Just to say how much all of this is appreciated – ever since I discovered the webcam (just before the eggs were laid) I’ve become totally addicted! Have pointed several animal- loving friends to this who have also fallen under the spell as well as 2 of my small grendchildren (3 and 4 years old).

    Nature in all of its beauty and a privelige to watch.

    Thanks to all concerned

    Kind regards
    Kate Waterton