Summertime and the living is easy

Due to the hot weather, there hasn’t been much activity on the nest over the past few days, as you’d expect! When they weren’t being fed, the chicks have spent most of their time snoozing on the nest in the cool shade of Maya’s motherly shadow.

Snoozing

Lots of sleep and plenty of fish helps the chicks to grow strong, and growing they are! The larger of the two, who is two weeks old today, looks enormous already, and the smaller one is catching up!

Close up feeding

The lack of activity doesn’t include 33’s provision of fish. As usual he has supplied his family with more than is required, generally three or four a day and quite big ones too! He clearly still knows of a place nearby that’s good for roach, as those are the fish we see brought in most frequently.

Food Fish eleven

Here is a selection of John Wright’s wonderful photographs, and a couple of sketches, taken over the past few days in Manton Bay.

33 chasing a cormorant

33 chasing a cormorant

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Maya chasing cormorant

Maya chasing cormorant

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Drawing indicating the moult of the Manton Bay female

Drawing indicating the moult of the Manton Bay female

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33

33 bathing

33 bathing

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Nest lining

Nest lining

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33

Maya

Maya

Stick

Stick

Roach

Roach

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Maya returning with roach

Maya returning with roach

Female coughing up bones etc

Female coughing up bones etc

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Roach

Roach

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Chicks

Chicks

Another roach

Another roach

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33 taking roach away

33 taking roach away

 

 

 

 

 

One response to “Summertime and the living is easy”

  1. Ann

    Thanks, Kayleigh, for the lovely blog and thanks, too, to John Wright for his wonderful photos and drawings.