Sitting, waiting and incubating!

Today has been another brilliant day! I was treated to a wonderful surprise when I turned on the camera this morning! Maya was sitting as though she was incubating, and I immediately woke up fully and willed her to stand. A few seconds later she did just that, and there beneath her lay an egg!

Maya and her first egg

Maya and her first egg

 

Not long after, 33 appeared at the nest with a bit of stick. Maya got up and left the egg in his care.

33 and Maya with their egg

33 and Maya

Maya flying to french perch

Maya flying to french perch

 

33 wasn’t worried though, and settled down to incubate like he’s been doing it all his life!

33 incubating

33 incubating

 

A fish had been brought to the nest this morning at about 09:00, which sated the Ospreys for a good few hours. Just before 16:00, Maya got hungry and began food begging. 33 obediently disappeared, and was back in about ten minutes with a piddly little perch! Maya didn’t look that impressed, but she took it away to the T-perch without complaint.

33 comes in with a tiny fish

33 comes in with a tiny fish

Maya takes the offering to the perch

Maya takes the offering to the perch

 

It took her less than ten minutes to eat, and she was soon back on the nest! She was not to go hungry though. Just before 5pm, 33 delighted visitors in the hide by diving for a fish right in front of it! It was a monster trout, and he struggled to carry it up to the leaning perch. Just over an hour later, he delivered the second half to Maya in the nest.

Unfortunately, the video will have to wait until tomorrow, due to timing issues. But here are a couple of photographs to wet your appetite for the film!

33 coming in with the fish

33 coming in with the fish

33 lands with monster trout

33 lands with monster trout

 

In addition to fish, we’ve also had more sticks delivered today. No surprises there! Here’s a video of one that 33 brought in and dropped onto Maya’s back!

It has only been nine days since Maya and 33 returned, and, as such, we didn’t expect to see an egg until later this week or even next week. Clearly Maya is on the ball and ready to breed! Luckily, 33 seems to know exactly what he is doing!

33 moving the egg

33 moving the egg

33 by the egg

“Of course I know what I’m doing”

 

11 responses to “Sitting, waiting and incubating!”

  1. Mike Simmonds

    Thank you Kayleigh. Most of us were surprised when we awoke to see the egg. Luckily the ever watchful LG forum team had captured the moment just after midnight.

    1. Chocoholix

      Hi Mike
      Yes, for those not on the LG site, there were one or two night owls like me lucky enough to spot Maya on the nest at around midnight looking very egg-spectant! She gave a very clear heave just after half past midnight and moments later stood up to reveal the egg. What a great moment, so happy Manton Bay’s season has settled down and going to plan once again!

  2. Pete Jousiffe

    Great day today in the hide; how marvelous was it to see 33 do battle with that enormous trout and then deliver to Maya! Fantastic!

  3. Cirrus

    Hoorah ! Just wonderful. And 33 seems a natural dad. Just great.

  4. Jodie Mellowship

    Wow, fantastic news! I was so happy when I heard the news and saw the egg this morning, good job Maya and 33. What a difference in competence between 33 and poor 28 last year, no wonder 33 won himself the nest and Maya as a mate, he is definitely a superior male Osprey to 28.

  5. D

    Eggcellent news

  6. Sheila Elliott

    Oh what a lovely day! I am so delighted that Blue 33(11) is settling down so well in his role of mate and provider. He endeared himself to me, eventually, last year.
    2015 could prove to be the year of change, and a new generation, at not only RW MB, but LotL and Glaslyn too. Fingers crossed for them all.

  7. Dolly

    He’s been reading up on parenting over the winter – well done 33!

  8. Pauline Fisher

    What fantastic pictures!! Can`t take my eyes away from web site! Hope to see more eggs soon

  9. Helen

    Brilliant news. Well done to both birds and the team for the photos and videos