It has been a quiet, peaceful day in the bay. The sun has been out, and the chicks have lazed around, stretching their wings and sleeping! There have been several sightings of water voles from Waderscrape hide today, and yesterday evening there were three otters in the channels, right in front of the hide!
On the nest this morning at 08:00, Maya was feeding the chicks the tail end of a fish, and there was another large fish in the nest, untouched! 33 had clearly been busy, and did the bulk of his fishing early on. He was happily sitting on the T-perch, taking it easy for a while.
Maya has been moving sticks around again today, and you can see in the photo above she has added a bit of colour to the nest with a little bit of greenery on the right hand side!
As no-one was eating the trout that lay on the left of the nest, 33 came along and took it to the T-perch, where he proceeded to eat a well-deserved meal. Later on he brought it back to the nest, and Maya fed the chicks. They really are very good at sharing!
The chicks have done some more wing flapping today, and even tried walking around the nest whilst doing so!
They are still very ungainly and unsteady on their feet, but they’ve been standing up and moving around a lot more, and will of course improve with practise and age! Something they are superb at doing is standing up just long enough to slowly reverse up to the edge of the nest, lean forward and shoot out a nice stream of liquefied fish into the water below!
Osprey Cruises have been incredibly successful so far this season! 28 has shown his face a few times, as has 33. As I mentioned yesterday, 33 was out fishing on our last Osprey Cruise, on Saturday 20th June. Mark Wright took this great photo of him as he flew by the Rutland Belle. Many thanks to Mark for letting us share it! The next cruise with availability is on 4th July, but spaces go quickly, so book now!
Also, don’t forget it’s Wild Rutland Day this Saturday – 27th June! Sure to be a day full of fun! Check it out by clicking here.