The young Ospreys in Manton Bay have been having the time of their lives since they fledged just over a week ago. They look so natural on the wing now, there is no uncertainty anymore – they are twisting, turning, soaring and gliding with such grace, you would think they had been doing this for much longer than they have.
They are quickly gaining in confidence and becoming more adventurous, but they will not leave the bay just yet, as they know they still get fed on the nest, so won’t want to stray far from it. However, they are spending a lot of time on the wing and flying around in the bay, often very close to the hides, giving visitors to the Lyndon Reserve a very thrilling close-up experience!
The hides certainly are the best place to see the Ospreys at this time of year, as the birds don’t come to the nest very often anymore, only when fish are brought in or if they fancy a lie down! We still have the live camera in the Lyndon Centre for when they do so, of course, and have a myriad of highlights to play, should anyone wish to see them.
Nevertheless, the bay is where the action is, and John has been spending a lot of time down there recently. This is great news, as it means we have some of his fabulous photos to share! All of the photos shown below were taken by John Wright.
The youngsters have all had a go at dunking themselves in the water, never bringing up more than algae and weed, but they are having a go nonetheless! They are almost certainly mimicking the behaviour of the adults when watching them fish, which is how they will learn to do it for themselves.
They are also finding new and potentially hazardous places to perch!
We much prefer it when we see them sitting on fallen trees, which is a much safer alternative to electricity pylons!
They also spend a lot of time sitting on the T-perch, and they are getting better at landing on it! Here is S3 coming in to land with Maya and S1.
This period of their lives is a learning curve for these young Ospreys, and they have been finding out about the other birds with which they share the bay. Several times the juvenile Ospreys have upset a rather territorial female Mallard, who has chased them off in no uncertain terms! It’s Osprey vs. Mallard!
It’s wonderful to watch these carefree young birds as they find their wings and learn about the world around them.