Osprey, camera, action!

Over the past few weeks, we have seen so much action from the ospreys in Manton Bay. The chicks have grown from tiny hatchlings to handsome five-week-old juveniles, fed on a diet of fish from 33, who has frequently caught fish in the bay itself, right in front of the hides! We get to see a lot of these occurrences on the live camera, such as 33 delivering fish, Maya feeding the chicks, and each step of their rapid development. However, there are some things that can only be experienced by visiting the nature reserve itself – Waderscrape and Shallow Water hides overlook the osprey nest and can be accessed from the Lyndon Reserve. The following photographs by Field Officer John Wright demonstrate some of the exciting things that have been happening in Manton Bay recently!

Female drinking

Female drinking

Female drinking

Female drinking

Female washing feet

Female washing feet

33 diving

33 diving

Male 33 hitting water

Male 33 hitting water

33 with Tench

33 with Tench

Male 33 bringing a Tench

Male 33 bringing a Tench

Male 33 bringing Tench

Male 33 bringing Tench

33 diving

33 diving

33

33

33 with Pike

33 with Pike

33 bringing Pike

33 bringing Pike

Manton Bay

Manton Bay

Nest

Nest

Manton Bay from Shallow Water hide

Manton Bay from Shallow Water hide

Cloudy skies

Cloudy skies

Mallard chasing 33

Mallard chasing 33

Mallard chasing 33

Mallard chasing 33

Manton Bay pair

Manton Bay pair

Feeding chicks

Feeding chicks

Female bringing stick

Female bringing stick

Dive!

Dive!

33 bringing Pike

33 bringing Pike

33 with Pike

33 with Pike

Female

Female

Trout

Trout

Full nest

Full nest

Big chicks

Big chicks

Chick flapping

Chick flapping

Sleeping adults

Sleeping adults

33(11)

33(11)

Atmospheric distance shot

Atmospheric distance shot

Common terns

Common terns

Common terns

Common terns