It’s absolutely wonderful that everything is going so well in Manton Bay this year. We have a super pair of Ospreys who are doing a fabulous job. There have been no intrusions to the nest recently, and it has been calm and peaceful. We’re right on schedule with the eggs too – the first on 15th and the second two days later on 17th. The third egg could come along later today, or perhaps tomorrow. This would mean we should expect chicks around 20th-25th May. It’s so exciting!
You could be forgiven for thinking that not a lot is happening at the moment, and things do tend to go quiet during the 35-40 day incubation period. But this is exactly what we want! A nice calm, perfect season that goes like clockwork. Personally, I could quite happily sit and watch an Osprey incubate all day long. Oh, I do!
As is routine these days, 33(11) went fishing early this morning, about 06:00, and brought his catch back to the T-perch. When he’d finished his half, he delivered the remainder to Maya on the nest. She then took it to the perch and 33 incubated the eggs. By this time we had arrived at work and had the camera on, and here is a video of Maya eating her fish.
For some reason, whilst Maya was eating her share of the fish, something made 33 get up from incubating the eggs and fly away, leaving them unattended. He was probably chasing off an offending goose or gull. Maya noticed this, and returned to the nest, bringing the fish with her. For a few minutes she ate it whilst sitting on the side of the nest, then abandoned it to incubate the eggs.
Soon after, 33 returned and landed beside Maya on the nest to check all was well. Later, Maya took the fish off to the T-perch to finish while 33 took over the incubation again.
It’s great to see 33 taking incubating in his stride, and he’s always keen to get on the eggs. He seems to know he must keep his toes tucked in to protect the eggs from those formidable talons.
Maya, of course, is an old hand at this incubating lark, and you can see just how comfortable she is on those eggs. In the video below she arrives at the nest and rearranges some of the nest material, then settles down happily on the eggs.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a normal day if 33 didn’t bring in some sort of stick. Well here he is this afternoon, delivering a bramble which he kindly plonked right on Maya’s head!