What an exciting day! We have had Ospreys everywhere…except on the nest! This morning 30(05), our satellite-tracked female, was around in the Bay, and another Osprey was also seen briefly. 30 landed on the T-perch for a couple of minutes, then took off.
Here is a video and a couple of screen-shots of her:
Then this afternoon, more Ospreys were flying around in the Bay! 28(10) was seen a few times, heading this way then that, and never landing on the nest! Later on, a report came over our radio from Waderscrape hide, telling us there was an Osprey in the Bay, which looked like a female. Thinking she might come to the nest and we could ID her, I sat by the screen to get some footage, but unfortunately she didn’t come to the nest. I did manage to get a shot of her flying past it, being chased by a goose.
A few seconds later and the report came through that the same Osprey was heading our way. Just like yesterday when 28 came flying past, we rushed to the windows and watched as she flew towards us, looking like she was fishing. Sure enough, the bird made a swift dive and entered the water with a huge splash! She came up out of the water with a flap of large wings, but we couldn’t see if she had a fish. She then headed back towards Manton Bay.
Apparently she either hadn’t caught anything or she dropped her catch, as she then made another dive, and came up with an enormous fish! The poor thing couldn’t land anywhere though as she was being chased by several gulls! We managed to capture a video of her flying past the T-perch carrying this fish, but she is travelling very fast so it’s a bit of a blur.
Unfortunately we do not have an ID on this Osprey. The bird was unringed, but we are almost 100% certain that it was not Maya. If it had been Maya, she would have come straight to the nest, and she would definitely have brought her fish to it, once she had shaken off the gulls. The bird’s behaviour indicated that she was not familiar with her surroundings, and she did not really look at the nest. She was definitely not behaving in the way we would expect of an experienced female. Therefore it is likely that she is a youngster, perhaps returning for the first time. We have been promised a photograph, taken by a volunteer, which we will closely examine!
After this unknown Osprey left, 28(10) came back! He gave visitors in Waderscrape hide a wonderful display in front of the hide. First of all it looked as though he was fishing, as he made several dives into the water. However, it became apparent that he was simply having a bath! Luckily for the people in the hide, he went to sit in the dead tree very close to Waderscrape. Then, luckily for the people in the Centre, he went to the T-perch to dry out!
With all of these Ospreys in the area and more returning from their migration very soon (we hope!) we are optimistic that the coming days will bring more excitement and Osprey action in Manton Bay!