In the summertime

Summer is surely here! It’s been a lovely sunny day today, and the chicks have spent most of it sleeping! Maya has been doing her best to shade them from the sun, but they’re a bit big now to all fit in her shadow!

Maya shading the chicks

Maya shading the chicks

 

33 brought in three fish today that were witnessed, one at about 07:00, another at 13:30, and yet another at 15:00! The first was a roach, the second two were pike.

The roach arrived before we opened, but here’s a video of the first pike…

33 brings a pike

33 brings a pike

Maya feeds the chicks

Maya feeds the chicks

 

…and the second!

Pike number two

Pike number two

Maya feeding chicks

Maya feeding chicks

 

As promised, here are some brilliant photographs by John Wright of 3J intruding in Manton Bay yesterday!

3J intruding 15th June

3J intruding 15th June

3J above the Manton Bay nest

3J above the Manton Bay nest

3J (top) being chased off by Maya

3J (top) being chased off by Maya

 

3J appears to be doing the rounds of the nests in Rutland, as last night she was seen at Site B! John has kept an eye on the activities at Site B ever since the nest failed. 03(97) has spent most of his time there, because he knows if he leaves it, he might lose it! Both he and the female were present last night when John checked on them, but they weren’t alone – 3J was there! She sat near the Site B female, who was eating a fish, then she landed on the nest by 03!

3J (top) and the Site B female

3J (top) and the Site B female

3J (right) on the nest with 03

3J (right) on the nest with 03

03(97) bringing nest material

03(97) bringing nest material

The Site B pair on the nest, 3J on the perch

The Site B pair on the nest, 3J on the perch

 

Youngsters will tend to wander widely when they first return, and often have a look at occupied nests, to see what’s what. Usually they get chased off, as 3J did from Manton Bay yesterday. 03 and the Site B female were a little more relaxed around 3J, because they do not have chicks to protect. They tolerated her presence for a while, but eventually 03 decided to see her off.

Here are some more great photos from John of yesterday in Manton Bay!

33 and Maya on the camera perch

33 and Maya on the camera perch

33 delivering pike 15th June

33 delivering pike 15th June

Manton Bay nest, female feeding chicks

Manton Bay nest, female feeding chicks

The Manton Bay nest surrounded by swans, Burley-on-the-Hill in the background

The Manton Bay nest surrounded by swans, Burley-on-the-Hill in the background

View from Shallow Water hide

View from Shallow Water hide

 

Let’s hope the weather is as pleasant tomorrow, for our Guided Summer Walk at Lyndon! There’s still time to book – click here for more information. The reserve is looking at its best at the moment, the meadows are in full flower and the orchids are beginning to bloom!

Common spotted orchid

Common spotted orchid

Flowers in the meadows

Flowers in the meadows

Meadow

Meadow

 

7 responses to “In the summertime”

  1. Valerie Webber

    How on earth does John always seem be in the ‘wright’ place at the right time , awesome photos

  2. Lou Gould

    Fabulous window onto Osprey family life and more. Wondered if the chicks will be ringed?

  3. Jenny Still

    These are amazing photos! Thank you to John and Kayleigh. And welcome back to 3J even if she is being a bit of a nuisance – very special to me as she was one of the chicks I monitored in my first year on hide duty. Hopefully she’ll come back again next year and find a mate among our spare males!
    Jenny

  4. Mary GK

    Another wonderful blog Kayleigh, I met and spoke to you at Loch Garten, you are doing a fabulous job here at Rutland with your daily blogs.

    Please thank John for sharing his stunning photographs on the blog, they surely are a joy to see.

    Much gratitude to you both!

  5. SunnyKate2

    Thank you all so much, what another wonderful Blog with so much fantastic content.

    Thank you John Wright for your outstanding, captures, and sharing them.

    As armchair viewer, it is beautiful to be able to participate in what you all can see, live, on a daily basis, it is very much appreciated.
    Kate

  6. Mike Simmonds

    Kayleigh thank you, and John for those superb pictures.