Today has been much the same as yesterday with regards to the behaviour of Maya and 33(11). Again, 33 has been bringing lots of sticks to the nest and no fish, and again, he has not tried to mate with Maya. Perhaps he is a little fearful of her, as she had previously been quite aggressive towards him.
This morning, one of the eggs that had been kicked out was rolled back into the nest cup, and Maya was incubating two eggs. Since then, 33 has managed to kick out one of them, and this is the one you can see at the back of the nest. One is still on the right-hand side of the nest, and there is still one in the nest cup. Maya has hardly incubated it today, which strengthens our belief she will soon give up on it completely.
Several other intruding Ospreys were seen in the Bay today. At one point there were five Ospreys in total! Their identities are unknown, however 28(10) has a very noticeable kink in his wing, so we do not think he was one of them. 28 has not been seen for four days now. In the video below, Maya is mantling furiously and another Osprey flies over the nest.
None of the sticks that 33 brought today were as big as yesterday’s huge one! Here’s a funny video of 33 tripping over it!
You may have noticed that the view on the webcam changed slightly this afternoon… we decided to zoom the camera out a little bit in order to see more of the nest. Now that the Ospreys are sitting on the edge of the nest more often, we were finding that their heads were getting cut off the top of the screen! The camera view may change in future as and when we need to alter the perspective.