Saviour in the rain

It was a rainy, miserable sort of day today, but there was no shortage of fish for the Ospreys! 33 brought in three trout this morning in the space of two hours! He kept one for himself, and the other two were deposited on the nest, and got eaten by just about everybody at some point during the day.

33 clearly decided to get ahead of the game, and do all of his fishing early this morning before the rain set in. He has had an easy Sunday, as those large trout have kept his family well fed all day! It’s been all about the fish today, which is great news because it means the birds have been on the nest quite a bit!

Here are all three juveniles on the nest this morning. S3 was eating a fish, while S2 looked on, then S1 joined them. It looked to begin with like there was just one fish, then we noticed there was another one under S3’s left foot!

S1 joins the others

S1 joins the others

Enough fish to go around

Enough fish to go around

 

Later on, S1 and Maya happily tucked into a fish each!

Maya and S1

Maya and S1

 

Here is a nice shot of S3 flying off the nest after having had her fill of fish. For the moment, anyway – she came back for some more later!

S3 flying off

S3 flying off

 

When S3 came back later for more fish, she sat for a while watching S1 eat. She didn’t seem to notice there was an unattended fish lying in the nest! Eventually, she did realise there was another fish there for the taking, and claimed it for herself.

S3 finds fish

S3 finds fish

S3 eating, S2 looking on

S3 eating, S2 looking on

 

Although we know that all three juveniles are quite capable of eating fish themselves, occasionally their inherent laziness takes over… This evening at around 17:30, Maya was sitting on the T-perch with the remains of a trout, and she was feeding S3, who sat patiently next to her!

Maya feeding S3

Maya feeding S3

 

Then a bit later on, S2 was on the nest getting fed by Mum!

S2 getting fed

S2 getting fed

 

In other news… yesterday, we had a call from our friends in Wales, to tell us that they had a visit from another Rutland female – 3J(13)! You may remember the day we first learned of 3J’s return. She was the first of the 2013 brood to return to the UK, and she was first seen in early May at Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough. A few weeks later she visited Manton Baythen also intruded at several of our other nest sites, including Site B. Now, it appears she has wandered even more widely, and has turned up at Glaslyn near Porthmadog in North Wales!

3J at the Glaslyn nest

3J at the Glaslyn nest, thanks to our friends at Glaslyn for this photograph