A very wet day today! The rain hardly let up, and when it did, that cold north-easterly wind still remained. It was reasonably quiet in the Centre today, which was to be expected in this weather. The Ospreys don’t really care about the weather though, and those few brave souls who did visit the Lyndon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve today, were rewarded with great views of our Osprey pair performing in the Bay.
The pair also put in a few appearances on the nest. 33(11) as usual was making sure the nest is tidy and as it should be, and when Maya joined him he had another go at mating! He failed, unfortunately, but as I said yesterday, it is very unlikely that Maya will lay again this year, it is just too late. But at least 33(11) is still trying, and he has all the right intentions. As long as that nest stays neat, all will be right with 33(11)’s world!
Later this afternoon, Maya appeared on the nest with a whole fish – a large roach. I am fairly certain that she caught this fish herself. If 33(11) had caught it, he would have eaten half of it on a perch somewhere, then brought the rest to Maya on the nest. However, this fish was entire, and Maya looked rather wet. Also, 33(11) was looking at the fish with a confused and interested expression, which helped cement my feeling that he didn’t catch it.
It is not surprising that Maya is catching her own fish. There is no reason now for her to wait for 33(11) to provide food for her, as there are no eggs to incubate and no chicks to brood. 33(11) often makes her wait for a very long time too!