Having raised three chicks at the Manton Bay nest last year, we are hopeful that 5R and his mate will be similarly successful this year. They have certainly got off to a good start – yesterday morning when Liz and I arrived at the Lyndon Centre at 7am we switched on the television to see three eggs for the first time. This means the countdown to hatching is officially on. If all goes to plan the first egg should hatch around 20/21 May. We shall certainly be keeping everything crossed until then.
In the meantime 5R has continued to do lots of fishing in Manton Bay. Yesterday he caught two pike very close to the nest. So if you have never seen a fishing Osprey in action before, then Lyndon is the place to come this Easter weekend. Having eaten the head of one of the pike, 5R delivered his catch to the nest, allowing us to get a great view of the three eggs before he took over incubation. Click on the video below to watch for yourself.