Possession

Now that we are nearing the end of July, the juveniles are becoming more and more adventurous and staying away from the nest for longer periods, which means we’re beginning to get “empty nest syndrome” in the centre, as that’s all we see! We’ve said before though that this time of year is one of the best to see an abundance of action in Manton Bay from the hides on the nature reserve. This latest video by Dave Cole demonstrates just how good the viewing is from down there! Thanks to Dave for this excellent footage.

The juveniles still return to the nest when there is fish though! Today, 33 delivered a nice big trout in the morning, which T7 took control of and mantled defensively over it when the others appeared. They are becoming more possessive over food these days, and T7 flew off with this fish onto the fallen poplar, to reduce the risk of it getting pinched!

T8 was the one who claimed the next enormous fish that was brought in later in the afternoon! The others both wanted some though!

T8 with fish

T8 with fish

T6 flies in

T6 flies in

T7 flies in

T7 flies in

 

T6’s leg / foot injury appears to be healing well. Today she was seen standing comfortably on both legs, and even stood for a while resting her left leg and standing with her full weight on her injured right one! She’s walking with barely a limp, now, too! This is great news, as it means that in another four or so weeks when she’s ready to migrate, she’ll be completely healed and will have full use of both feet to catch fish. She isn’t having any problems taking off, flying, landing or eating, and her walking is improving – so she is almost back to normal!

T6

T6

 

 

 

One response to “Possession”

  1. David

    Thanx for the clips, especially the video from the blind. I enjoy being able to see the “flight school” stage of the fledglings’ development. The practice of water landings and takeoffs was fun! That nearby duck just had to be wondering what the fuss was all about: “Look, you just sit on top of the clear stuff and move your feet. Nothing to it!”