Three eggs and another pike

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.

2 responses to “Three eggs and another pike”

  1. Jaye

    My friend and I are utterly gripped by the events being played out on the webcam! It’s FAR better than any soap opera. However, I do have a question. About mid-afternoon yesterday, Thursday, one of the pair came back with a large black shape which they dumped on the side of the nest. The sitting bird was slightly overwhelmed by this ‘beast’ taking over the nest and kept eyeing it, suspiciously. After the catcher pulled it about and attempted to eat some, it was turned so it became obvious it was a LARGE black-feathered bird, possibly a Corvidae.

    Sitting bird got up and flew away and catching bird pulled the carcass around for a while, trying to tear some flesh from the breast but not dealing well with the feathers. The carcass was so large it seemed an obstruction to sitting on the eggs so, eventually, catcher had several abortive attempts to grab it before successfully sinking the talons and flying away with this huge dead weight (literally) hanging beneath him.

    I would like to know how common is it for ospreys to take such large birds. We’ve seen them with mice and voles in recent weeks as well as fish, obviously, but I didn’t realise they would even TRY and take a bird. Would it have been carrion or a lucky kill or a deliberate kill? The ospreys seemed not to know how to deal with the feathers, unlike a sparrowhawk, so I am guessing that this is an infrequent type of food.

    Fingers crossed for the 20th+ of May. All other plans cancelled!!!