Stick fest

As promised, here are some wonderful photographs taken by John Wright over the last couple of days in Manton Bay. We have fish being delivered, 33 struggling with a rather large roach, an intruding Osprey, harrassment by gulls, dive-bombing of cormorants, and lots and lots of sticks! Enjoy!

33 carrying a big stick

33 carrying a big stick

33 dragging a stick though the water

33 dragging a stick though the water

33 with huge stick

33 with huge stick!

Great black-backed gull chasing 33 with roach

Great black-backed gull chasing 33 with a roach he just caught

Great black-backed gull chasing 33 with roach

33 evading great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull chasing 33 with roach

Great black-backed gull catches up

Great black-backed gull chasing 33 with roach

Great black-backed gull won’t give up, 33 makes for the nest

33 bringing the roach to the nest

33 bringing the roach to the nest

Another whopping stick

Another whopping stick

Maya, 33 and his stick

Maya, 33 and his stick

Yet another stick!

Yet another stick!

33 repositioning sticks

33 repositioning his sticks

Maya flying above 33

Maya flying above 33

The female with some new slippers

Maya with some new slippers! (aka nest lining)

33 bringing another stick

33 bringing another stick

Maya above 33

Maya above 33

33 above Maya

33 above Maya

Another botched attempt at mating

Another failed attempt at mating

Maya moving a log

The female moving a log

Maya below, 33 above

33 with another stick

33 above Maya

33 with another stick

33 with another stick

33 with another stick

33 with more building material

33 with more building material

33 bringing the remains of a perch

33 bringing the remains of a perch

Maya taking the perch away

Maya taking the perch away

33 on a dead tree

33 perched on a nearby dead tree

Maya carrying the egg away

Maya carrying one of the failed eggs away

33 struggling to lift a huge roach out of the water

33 struggling to lift a huge roach out of the water

This fish is just to heavy

The fish is just too heavy

33 stuck in the water with the fish!

33 stuck in the water with the fish!

33 eventually gave up on this fish

33 eventually gave up on this fish

33 bringing the remains of a fish

33 bringing the remains of a fish

33 takes off after an intruder

33 takes off after an intruder

33 chasing a cormorant

33 chasing a cormorant

33 dive-bombing cormorants

33 dive-bombing cormorants

33 chasing another cormorant

33 chasing another cormorant

Intruding Osprey

A new Osprey, currently unidentified

33 and Maya on the camera perch

33 and Maya on the camera perch

Garganey

Garganey in Manton Bay

 

 

 

11 responses to “Stick fest”

  1. Helen

    John your photos are amazing and I have just very much enjoyed looking at them.
    I think you need a medal!

  2. Jackie

    Great photos, thank you for sharing

  3. Sheila FE

    Oh Wow, what fabulous photos. Thank you so much for letting us see them. It was clearly one of those days when you wished you’d been at RW!

  4. Mike Grundy

    A lovely set of photos John. Thank you !

  5. Rosie Shields

    Brilliant photos, thank you. 33 is clearly a master stick collector! Even if they don’t get to breed this year, it’s going to be the best dressed nest in Rutland!

  6. Chocoholix

    Wonderful photos, thanks John. And another stick. Like the beautiful photo of the garganey at the end, too – wonderful plumage detail.

  7. Liz Livock

    33 appears to be building a fortress! If he was as proficient in providing fish for Maya, he would be a super mate and proud father. Maybe next year … Fingers crossed! Thanks for sharing such stunning pictures John 🙂

  8. Mike Simmonds

    John. What a fantastic set of shots.

  9. Cirrus

    Such outstanding photographs. In fact, breath taking. Thank you so very much .

  10. Dolly Cox

    Fantastic pictures – what a character 33 11 is turning out to be. Wishing them both the very best of luck at mating.

    Thank you 🙂

  11. Alison

    Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures