Tench-tastic!

He’s been at it again. Yesterday we were impressed that 33 caught three tench during the afternoon, but today he’s eclipsed that by bringing a total of FIVE tench back to the nest.

33 arrived with tench number one at 9am and Maya ensured that all of the chicks had a good feed.

The three chicks enjoying tench for breakfast

The three chicks enjoying tench for breakfast

Soon afterwards an intruding Osprey appeared over the nest and Maya mantled over the chicks to protect them.

In all likelihood the intruder was 1J – the two year-old Manton Bay chick who returned for the first time yesterday. Dave McCulley has sent us these superb photos that he took of 1J yesterday at the Egleton reserve. Thanks very much, Dave.

1J's blue ring is clearly visible in Dave McCulley's superb photos

1J’s blue ring is clearly visible in Dave McCulley’s superb photos

1J

1J

1J didn’t hang around for long, and 33 wasted no time in bringing tench number two and tench number three back to the nest in quick succession. He was catching them in lagoon 1 at the Egleton reserve; delighting visitors there in the process. Here’s a superb video of him arriving with the first of the two fish.

Once again the chicks enjoyed a good feed.

By the time 33 returned with yet another tench shortly after 1pm it was clear that the chicks were full and not interested in any more food. Mind you, they were given quite a shock when 33 landed with the fish which was still well-and-truly alive!

Knowing the chicks were full, Maya left the fish on the side of the nest. One of the youngsters went to have a closer look…

...and another!

Yet another tench!

By now the chicks were so full of fish that they spent much of the afternoon snoozing on the nest.

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Snoozing in the sun

Snoozing in the sun

33 had more than done his job for the day, but that wasn’t going to stop him. Just before 5pm he arrived with tench number five. Maya fed the chicks again; preferring this fresh fish over one that was still lying in the nest from earlier.

Once the youngsters had enjoyed a good feed, 33 took the fish off to the t perch for a well-earned evening meal. After days like today it is easy to see why his offspring are growing so quickly!

Maya feeding the chicks on tench number 5

Maya feeding the chicks on tench number 5

33 preparing to fly off with his evening meal

33 preparing to fly off with his evening meal

One response to “Tench-tastic!”

  1. Jan

    Lovely pictures.