Another great day for the Manton Bay Ospreys! Naturally, more nest building occurred today, and both 33(11) and Maya have been rearranging the nest material in preparation for eggs. Here are some brilliant photographs, taken by John Wright, of 33 bringing in yesterday’s stick additions!
We know that 33 is a prolific nest builder, and he is so enthusiastic that yesterday he brought in two at a time! It looks like he’s skiing!
33 went fishing today at about 13:30, and came back half an hour later with another massive trout. Luckily for me, I was in Waderscrape hide at the time, and was treated to a splendid view of 33 flying low to the water, carrying his enormous fish! He gracefully rose upwards and landed on the T-perch with his catch. Like yesterday’s, this one was also not quite dead…
Another half hour or so later, he brought the rest of the fish to the nest for Maya, who flew off to the T-perch with it. There was still a substantial portion left!
There was also some more mating happening! It’s all systems go here in Manton Bay!
We also have news of more Osprey arrivals – two more of our breeding birds returned last week – male 01(09) and a metal-ringed female from Argyll. This brings our total number of Ospreys in Rutland to 15! Of course, two of our females, 24(10) and 12(10), returned to the Cors Dyfi nest on 7th and 9th April respectively.
Today, we had some fantastic news, that one of our 2012 birds who we did not see here last season – female 5F(12) – has been spotted in North Wales! We hope she comes over here next!