Flowers in the window

What a difference a day makes! The weather has been lovely today, and the wind has finally dropped somewhat. The sun on the wild flowers in the meadows paints a perfect picture of spring, and the summery smells that emanate from said meadows are superb! Today is hopefully a harbinger of things to come…

Bugle in the sun

Bugle in the sun

Bluebells are beginning to emerge!

Bluebells are beginning to emerge!

 

Back to the Ospreys, then – 33 caught a fish this morning and brought it in around 9am. He was only away for 20 minutes, and the fish was a tiny perch, so he definitely didn’t go to the trout farm for that one! The cessation of strong winds has resulted in fewer waves, and has clearly enabled 33 to fish in his usual spots on the reservoir.

Here’s a video sequence of 33 delivering the tiny perch to Maya.

33 with tiny fish

33 with tiny fish

Maya takes perch

Maya takes perch

Maya flies off with fish

Maya flies off with fish

 

Later, he went fishing again, and this time was gone for almost two hours. The fish he came back with can only be described as gigantic! He sat for a long time eating it, but eventually took it to Maya, who had again been waiting patiently without food begging. She grabbed hold of the still enormous fish, and took it away to the T-perch. Here’s a sequence of this fish being taken to the nest! In the second frame, you can see 33 approaching from the left.

33 approaches

33 approaches

Much bigger fish!

Much bigger fish!

Maya with the fish

Maya with the fish

Maya flies off with it

Maya flies off with it

 

In addition to occasional trips to the trout farm, we’re sure that 33 will be using the reservoir regularly throughout the season. We also know that 28(10) frequently fishes in the reservoir, and we saw both of these males quite often last season. This is great news for our Osprey Cruises, and the first Osprey Cruise of 2015 is just under two weeks away, on 23rd May!

Places are selling quickly on all of our cruises, and 13th June dawn cruise is already sold out! Click here to book your place on one of our cruises or other events. Alternatively call 01572 737378 or 01572 770651 to book or for more information.

Coming up on 4th July, our Education Team are hosting a Training Day for Teachers! The day is aimed at those interested in visiting the Osprey Project and Nature Reserve with their pupils. Click here for more details.

33 and Maya

33 and Maya