Fun in the sun

Yesterday was our annual Family Fun Day at the Lyndon Reserve. It was an amazing day – the sun was out, and there were games, crafts, certificates, osprey sightings and bird ringing! We were inundated with happy children completing games and activities on their way through the nature reserve! Many thanks to everyone who came along, and to all the staff and volunteers who helped the day go so smoothly and made it so much fun! Here are some photographs from the day, taken by Education Officer Pete Murray.

Signing in

Signing in

Making masks and badges

Making masks and badges

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The fishing game

The fishing game

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Feeding the ospreys

Feeding the ospreys

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Migration game

Migration game

Bird ringing demo

Bird ringing demo

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Viewing the ospreys from Waderscrape hide

Viewing the ospreys from Waderscrape hide

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Hand-knitted ospreys for sale!

Hand-knitted ospreys for sale!

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Everyone who came to the fun day had wonderful views of the three ospreys that were present (still no sign of 2AN as yet). The ospreys, however, had no idea that they were being watched by so many pairs of eyes! They went about their day as they usually do, flying by the hide and bathing in the water, much to our guests’ delight!

Of course, the ospreys were active several hours before our fun day began. The first fish came in at 05:32 yesterday morning, and it was a great big trout that 2AM gladly grabbed.

33 with trout

33 with trout

 

Maya then came to take the fish away to eat at 06:25.

After she had brought it back, it was 33’s turn to take the fish. He came to the nest at 11:48 to grab the discarded fish. Before he left the nest, Maya flew in as though she wanted the fish back! She made a move towards it but 33 wasn’t about to let it go, and he immediately flew off!

Maya flies in....

Maya flies in….

...and 33 takes off!

…and 33 takes off!

 

The next fish of the day was caught by Maya and it was a tench! You could see it was still very much alive when she delivered it to the nest.

Maya's tench

Maya’s tench

 

2AM was waiting on the nest to accept the fish, and made a move towards it, but Maya didn’t give it to him, she held onto it and began to feed him! Whilst being fed, a sudden gust of wind caught 2AM from behind as he leaned in for a piece of fish, and he almost fell right over!

Eating the tench

Eating the tench

 

Later on Maya flew off with the tench to eat some in peace on a perch.

Maya flying off with the tench

Maya flying off with the tench

 

Here is a photo of 2AM on the nest yesterday morning, as the sun rose behind him.

2AM in sunrise