In a flap

It’s been a very exciting day today – such a lot has happened on the Osprey nest and in the bay. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s back-track to yesterday evening, when 33 flew to the T-perch with a huge trout. He did this just as we were about to close the centre, and I thought we would miss the moment he delivered the fish to the nest. Luckily, he did so just before we actually left the building, and we were able to record him bringing it in! There was no time to upload it and integrate it into last night’s update, but here it is now!

33 bringing the trout in

33 bringing the trout in

Maya grabs the big trout

Maya grabs the big trout

 

Back to today, then, and it has been one of those days when everything seems to happen at once! There have been moments of excitement, punctuated by moments of calm. It has all been very interesting! Let’s start with the excitement for now…

There have been several intrusions in the bay today by other Ospreys. These intrusions have not been aggressive, and the birds have moved on when chased by 33. Happily for those of us in the centre, 33 chased intruders in our direction, and a few times during the day we saw two and even three Ospreys circling over Lax Hill! We even saw one intruder being chased away on the wide angle camera! Look in the clouds just above Maya’s head.

Mantling

Mantling

Shouting at someone

Shouting at someone

 

Later on, calm seemed to have resumed and 33 went off fishing. Then there was a phone call from Barbara and Peggy in the hide, saying it looked like he was sitting with a fish on the nest platform opposite the Lyndon Centre. We looked through the telescope, and there was an Osprey, sitting on the artificial platform, eating a fish. Could it be 33? We thought it would be rather odd if it was, as why would he sit and eat a fish there, when he usually brings it either straight to the nest or to the T-perch. So perhaps this was a new bird, and one that had intruded in the bay earlier…

Well, it was rather odd, as it turned out to be 33 after all. We know this because, not long after he had been spotted on the post, he took off after another intruding Osprey, still carrying his fish. Then he hightailed it back to the bay, where he landed on the T-perch with the fish.

33 on the T-perch

33 on the T-perch

 

Perhaps he felt threatened by the intruding birds, and didn’t want to go back to the nest. Or he caught the fish nearby, and decided that perch was a nice spot to begin eating. Whatever the reason, we have never seen 33 sit on that platform before.

The fish, which turned out to be a huge roach, was later delivered to the nest, where it was gratefully received.

33 brings fish

33 brings fish

 

33 had also brought in a fish earlier in the day, a smaller catch, which Maya and the chicks demolished in no time at all! This is probably why 33 wanted to eat the head of the roach, as he hadn’t had a look-in at the earlier fish.

Fish delivery

Fish delivery

 

In the moments of calm there were some laughs! This season, we have learned that 33 is a lovely, sweet Osprey who is a wonderfully attentive partner to Maya and father to the chicks. He seems to enjoy being on the nest, and he has always been partial to sitting down in it, whether it be during incubation…

33 loves to incubate

…when Maya was brooding small chicks…

33 snuggling up to Maya and the chicks

…when the chicks were four weeks old…

33 having a sit down!

…and today he did it again, with three massive six-week-old chicks in the nest!

33 sits down in the nest

He does do some funny things! He didn’t stay sitting for long this time, as he seemed to get distracted by something. Here is a video of him.

As is expected, there have been several bouts of flapping going on amongst the chicks again today. This will happen more and more over the coming days, and there is only about a week to go until they fledge! All three juveniles have been busy exercising their wings at random intervals throughout the day. They are getting much more energetic in their flapping, and are jumping up and down much more confidently! Watch out for S2 doing a rather big leap in his second video!

S2 flapping:

Another jump

Jumping

 

S2’s big jump:

S2 jumping

S2 jumping

S2 flapping

S2 flapping

 

S1 flapping:

S1 flapping

S1 flapping

 

S3 flapping:

S3 flapping

S3 flapping

 

To round the day off, here are a few pictures of the Manton Bay Ospreys during some quieter moments on the nest today:

33 having a nap

33 chilling with the chicks

33 perched on stick

33 perched on the annoying stick

Maya moving mud

Maya moving mud

Three chicks

Three chicks

Everyone

Everyone

 

So that you are all aware, we will be closing the Lyndon Visitor Centre tomorrow, between 11am and 2pm. There will still be access to the reserve, and there will be volunteers in Waderscrape hide all day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

2 responses to “In a flap”

  1. Sheila FE

    What a wonderful update. Thank you Kayleigh. It won’t be long before the chicks become fledglings and are seen flying around the Bay.

  2. Sandra Evans

    I love reading your updates Kayleigh, but am so grateful for today’s as we spent yesterday in the Waderscrape hide but left just before 33 brought the trout in. We’d waited and waited but obviously should have been more patient. This must have happened as we were walking back to the centre! Your video of it has reduced our disappointment so thanks so much. Sandra