Every season we witness the fact that ospreys are very good at sharing fish. Even though sometimes a certain individual (this year 2AN!) is often dominant and gets hold of the fish first, when they have finished they leave it for another to eat. We have often seen one fish being shared around and eaten in stages by all of the birds. When he brought a roach to the nest at 18:37 last night, however, initially 33 didn’t seem to want to let go of it! 2AM had been on the nest when he arrived, and 2AN appeared not long after he landed. Neither juvenile made a move towards the fish though, so perhaps this is the reason 33 just took off with it!
He left the bemused juveniles on the nest, and kept the fish to himself. He did bring it back to the nest though ten minutes later, and 2AN hungrily grabbed it from him.
Whilst 2AN was eating, 2AM surreptitiously sidled over and pinched a bit of fish from in front of her!
She gave him a bit of a glare and he backed off, then he was able to take the fish from her when she had finished with it.
Whilst 2AM was eating, Maya arrived at the nest, as though she was checking that he was OK and didn’t need to be fed. When she saw him competently tucking into the fish, she flew off again.
Maya returned when 2AM left the fish, and she flew away with it to eat it on a perch nearby. Perhaps she hadn’t been checking in on 2AM previously, and was just waiting her turn for the fish!
This morning’s fish, another roach, was shared just as generously as yesterday’s. 2AN was waiting patiently on the nest for it to arrive.
When it did, she immediately grabbed 33’s foot again, as is her usual error! Then she managed to get hold of the fish and began eating her breakfast.
This time, when 2AN had had her fill of fish, it was Maya’s turn. The adult female landed on the nest, grabbed the fish in her formidable talons and took off with it.
She returned 15 minutes later and handed it over to 2AM, who was now on the nest waiting for it.
Less than an hour later, 2AM had had enough and the rest of the roach was then taken away and finished by 33!
These four ospreys are all incredibly well fed, and 33 proved this once again by delivering another fish to the nest at 12:00. This time it was a tench, which he must have caught from somewhere shallow, perhaps lagoon one. As you can see from the video below, it was 2AN again who was there to receive the fish, but it wasn’t easy as it was still alive and jumping around! She managed to quieten it admirably by stamping on it with her foot.
Later on, when 2AN had left the tench, Maya fed some of it to 2AM! We know full well that he can competently feed himself, but sometimes laziness must kick in!
At 15:02 33 caught yet another fish! He delivered this to an empty nest, but it wasn’t long before 2AN hopped down from the camera perch to claim it! It was a trout this time, bringing today’s fish species list to a total of three – roach first thing, tench halfway through the day, trout in the afternoon. Will 33 catch yet another fish later? Perhaps a perch or a pike…
Throughout the day we had a few nest visits from the ospreys that didn’t involve fish! 2AM came and lay down for a bit, as though he needed a rest, and then 2AN came to join him. He looked rather shocked as she was coming in to land though, as she almost landed on top of him!
At 10:52, 2AN got excited when 33 flew into the nest with a clump of soil. She must have thought it was a fish! She had flown from the nest a few minutes before, leaving 2AM alone again, then when 33 came in with a clump she was hot on his heels, only to be disappointed by his inedible offering.
At 14:23, 2AN flew into the nest looking very wet after clearly having had a bath! It’s a shame we can’t see these things from the centre!
Yesterday evening we saw something not previously witnessed, well I for one have never seen this. Maya landed on the nest and picked up a fish skeleton, then flew off with it, presumably to discard it somewhere. This is quite odd, as the birds usually just consume the bones as they eat the fish. I’ve never seen an almost complete skeleton left over before!
Finally, here is a shot of the two juveniles, chilling out together on the nest.