With all the action that took place on the Osprey nest yesterday, we felt sure that today would follow in a similar vein, and even thought we might see one of the chicks fledge. However, as I write, all three of the Manton Bay juveniles remain nest-bound.
Today has not been a fantastic day for fledging, as there has been no wind to give the chicks a helping hand. As such, they haven’t done much in the way of flapping and helicoptering today, and have spent most of the day eating fish!
33 brought in a fish quite early this morning, then he brought in another two during the course of the day. All of the chicks have had a go at eating fish by themselves, but they have also let Mum feed them too!
Here are some super photos that John Wright took yesterday of 33 bringing in the tench.
Yesterday may have been drizzly, but there was more wind, and therefore more action from the juveniles with regards to helicoptering. Here are a few great photographs by John Wright of S1 hovering high above the nest yesterday! From this perspective, you can clearly see just how high she actually is.
At the start of the season, the Ospreys had an issue with Egyptian Geese trying to steal their nest. They have this problem almost every year. Perhaps this is the reason Maya seems to hate them, or maybe she just likes chasing them for fun. Whatever the reason, she does rather enjoy chasing the geese from time to time, as these photos from John demonstrate!