Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

It’s been another bautiful summer day at Rutland Water; and a quiet day at the Manton Bay nest. I was at the centre early this morning to lead a guided walk in aid of the Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust. As the photo below shows, the view of the nest is always spectacular at this time of day.

Early morning at the Manton Bay nest

Early morning at the Manton Bay nest

By the time we reached Waderscrape hide, 33 had already delivered a trout to the nest and the chicks were tucking into breakfast. With so much food it is little wonder that they have grown so quickly. The three youngsters are looking more and more like ‘proper’ Ospreys every day; and are even starting to flap their wings, albeit rather weakly!

The chicks are starting to stretch their wings

The chicks are starting to stretch their wings

By lunchtime the nest was bathed in glorious summer sunshine, and the youngsters spent much of the afternoon lazing in the nest. 33 brought two more fish, ensuring that all three chicks had several more good feeds.

As is usually the case, there was no squabbling between the chicks while they were fed. How’s this for an orderly line-up…

Peace was temporarily broken when an intruding Osprey appeared overhead. 33 immediately flew to the nest and mantled over the chicks; but the intruding bird didn’t linger for long. The rest of the afternoon passed by very peacefully – just the way we like it!

33 and Maya mantling on the nest as the intruder passes overhead

33 and Maya mantling on the nest as the intruder passes overhead

The chicks enjoyed some glorious sunshine this afternoon

The chicks enjoyed some glorious sunshine this afternoon

One response to “Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon”

  1. Sheila FE

    A lovely report of peace and tranquility at Rutland! It is so nice to see the lack of aggression between them all.