Hot chicks

It would appear that summer is here! The weather has been wonderful over the past few days, very sunny and quite hot – it was so hot this morning when I was walking to work, it reminded me of being in Africa and walking to the Somone Lagoon!

The ospreys and their chicks have been sweating out the sun on the nest. It probably reminds 33 and Maya of Africa too! The chicks keep themselves cool by facing into the wind, and get as close to the far edge of the nest as possible, so that they make optimum use of the wind direction. They also try to get underneath Maya when she’s on the nest, so her shadow shades them.

Chicks

33 has been doing the business with the fish, and caught one very early this morning, and another later in the morning. The one he caught later was a pike, which he popped off the perch and plucked out of the shallow water in Manton Bay!

Pike

As we know, the ospreys are very good at sharing fish, and when the chicks and Maya have had their fill, 33 often comes back to the nest and takes away the remainder of the fish to eat on the perch.

We sometimes wonder whether Maya (and other female ospreys) get a little bit fed up of sitting on the nest all day with the chicks. Particularly when they are four weeks old and don’t need as much attention from her. Maya frequently flies off the nest to stretch her wings, wash her feet in the water or bathe. Today, she amused herself by chasing a gull that flew over the nest and then dive-bombing some swans! 33 was on the nest with her when she took off after the gull, and he seemed rather bemused! He watched her as she flew around the bay, then she returned to the nest.

Everyone

Sunny