More trouble in the bay

If you have been watching the webcam today you won’t be surprised to hear that 33(11) has been causing more trouble at the Manton Bay nest. Like yesterday the three year-old male has made frequent intrusions, forcing Maya to leave the nest unattended for long periods as she gives chase. Under normal circumastances it would be the breeding male’s role to do the majority of the chasing, but over the past two days it has become clear that 28(10) is no match for 33.  Rather than driving 33 away from Manton Bay, 28 has been kept away from his own nest by the younger male. He hasn’t been at the nest since 10am this morning, meaning that Maya has not only gone without fish, but also left the eggs unattened on numerous occionals in an effort to keep 33 away.

33(10) has spent much of today perched on a dead tree in Manton Bay

33(10) has spent much of today perched on a dead tree in Manton Bay

Maya has been forced to leave the nest unattended in order to chase 33 away

Maya has been forced to leave the nest unattended in order to chase 33 away

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33 venturing very close to the nest

33 venturing very close to the nest

33 is noticeably smaller than the larger female in flight

33 is noticeably smaller than the larger female in flight

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33 isn’t the only male to have caused trouble in the bay. Yesterday another male, 06(09), took advantage of the nest being unattended by stealing a half-eaten trout from the edge of the nest!

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06(09) stealing the half-eaten trout from the unattended nest

06(09) stealing the half-eaten trout from the unattended nest

The fact that the eggs have been uncovered for such prolonged periods, clearly has serious implications. If things continue in this vein – and 33 certainly shows no signs of letting-up – then, sadly, it is highly unlikely that they will hatch. It would seem that 33 is winnning the battle to usurp 28 from the nest, but only time will tell. We’ll be sure to keep you updated…

One response to “More trouble in the bay”

  1. Mike Simmonds

    Tim what an unfortunate turn of events. Regretfully, as you say, only time will tell now. Thank you for your frank assesment which I know will be appreciated by your many followers and supporters. Fingers crossed.