I believe I can fly

As I mentioned yesterday, the juveniles being able to fly significantly increases the amount of activity that occurs in Manton Bay, as there are now five ospreys on the wing as opposed to two. The chicks are no longer nest-bound, they are free to do as they please and fly where they wish. Their newfound sense of freedom must be exhilarating, as up to now they have spent their lives stuck in the same place. Of course it’s a lovely place, with a superb view of Rutland Water and a plentiful supply of food, and until they were six weeks old the thought of being anywhere else probably never occurred to them. Now, though, all of that has changed. They can fly! I can only imagine the wonders they are discovering.

Here are some incredible photographs, taken by John Wright, of the ospreys in Manton Bay. Not just of the juveniles but the adults too. I also mentioned that we have seen Maya and 33 playing around and having fun – just because they have been able to fly for several years, doesn’t mean the activity is any less exciting for them. They spent some of their time last week attempting to chase a grey heron away from the bay!

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Here are some photographs of the juveniles getting ready to fly and taking the plunge, and activity around the nest.

T7 helicoptering

T7 helicoptering

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33 with trout

33 with trout

T8 helicoptering, T7 on perch

T8 helicoptering, T7 on perch

33 bringing stick

33 bringing stick

T7 flying

T7 flying

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T7 landing

T7 landing

T6 helicoptering

T6 helicoptering

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T7 landing

T7 landing

T7 flying

T7 flying

T7

T7

T7 landing

T7 landing

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Nest material

Nest material

T6

T6

T6 is ready...

T6 is ready…

T7 lands

T7 lands

Juveniles

Juveniles

T6

T6

T6 on perch with Maya, T8 helicoptering

T6 on perch with Maya, T8 helicoptering

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And finally, here are four funny shots showing the three juveniles on the nest as they watch 33 fly past. A nice bit of synchronised head turning!

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Thank you John for these amazing photographs!