Last night’s osprey cruise was another excellent one! The weather remained cloudy with a fair bit of wind, but it was warm and not wet, which is a definite bonus. There were around five osprey sightings in total, and a trip towards Manton Bay was rewarded with views of Maya dive-bombing cormorants! Thank you to everyone who came along for what was a wonderful experience!
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It was rather a rainy morning today! Here was the scene on the camera when we opened.
Luckily for us, the weather gradually improved throughout the day. Earlier in the morning, 33 delivered a roach to the waiting 2AN at 05:18, which she managed to take from him without grabbing his foot – progress!
Whilst 2AN was tucking in, first in line as per usual, both 2AM and Maya came along to see if there was a chance for them to get some. Maya came in with a stick, then looked at the fish as though she was thinking about trying to take it from 2AN. 2AN gave her a glare and shuffled away, and Maya took this subtle hint and took off.
Before Maya got her turn, it was 2AM’s chance to get some fish. Here he is tucking into it hungrily. No need to be fed, is there, 2AM?!
When 2AM had finished, Maya got her turn.
She ate what she wanted of the fish and left the remainder on the nest. 33 then came along to eat what was left, but unfortunately for him there wasn’t very much!
At 15:23 the next fish was delivered, again by 33. It was a roach again, and guess who was there to grab it? Yep – 2AN!
She sat on the nest eating it for a while, then she attempted to take off with it! Neither juvenile has flown off the nest carrying a fish yet, and 2AN looked a bit unsure at first.
A few minutes later though, she did it!
The young birds are learning all the time, and even something as seemingly simple as flying whilst carrying a fish can be daunting if you’ve never done it before. 2AN managed it admirably, and this demonstrates the continual progress the juveniles are making.
At one point today, we saw 2AM leaning perilously over the side of the nest! After re-watching the footage we realised that he was trying to reach a bit of fish that had fallen over the side. He managed to get one piece, but then the next time he tried he almost lost his balance! It was raining though, which couldn’t have helped.
Here’s Maya doing a bit of nest redecoration in the rain! We’re not sure what she was trying to achieve, as she wasn’t placing the sticks at the side of the nest, she was putting them in the middle…
Yesterday evening 33 came into the nest with a large clump of hay. 2AM was on the nest and had been calling for food, so must have been disappointed in 33’s gift!
Later though we saw 2AM moving some of the hay around.
He must have been arranging it to suit him, as he then lay down in it!
Not long after, 2AN lay down with him. Aww!
And here we have Maya and both of her offspring on the nest together.