Ties that bind

It was a good day for anybody viewing the Ospreys from the hides today! 33(11) left the Bay at roughly 10:40, returning at 11:10 with a huge trout! He sat on the fallen poplar behind the nest for over an hour eating it, providing great views through the telescopes in Waderscrape Hide. Maya was on the nest food begging, and eventually, at 12:30, 33(11) delivered the rest of the fish to her. There was still more than half of it left – it was a big ‘un! As soon as 33(11) landed with it, Maya was on it in a flash, having waited so long for her share! 33(11) relinquished it graciously.

Maya

Maya

Fish!

33(11) delivers the fish to the nest

Maya grabs the fish

Maya grabs the fish

 

33(11) stayed on the nest for a while after Maya flew off with the fish. He rearranged some nesting material, and also gave the nest another scrape out!

33(11)

33(11)

 

Maya was also back on the nest doing some tidying up later on. Both Maya and 33(11) are still very much tied to this nest, as we can see through their meticulous housework! It is still their territory, and they will need to remain near it to defend it. Ospreys always return to the same nest to breed year after year, and it is important that this pair have a strong bond with each other and with the nest, so that they return and breed here next year! Fortunately, their bond is looking rather robust.

After the fish swap

After the fish swap