It has been a wonderfully warm and sunny day! Hundreds of people have come along to visit us at the nature reserve today, to take part in all of the activities Wild Rutland Day had to offer. It’s not over, either! There is a badger walk, a bat walk and a moth evening all taking place tonight. Also, as I write, my esteemed colleagues Tim and Paul are currently on the Rutland Belle in the middle of the reservoir, hopefully seeing some fishing Ospreys! What a splendidly busy day!
The Ospreys have not felt at all affected by everything that has gone on today. The chicks have been relaxing, lying in the sun, eating fish and flapping about – completely oblivious to the fact that well over three hundred people have sat in the Lyndon Centre and Waderscrape hide and watched them!
As you can see from the videos above, the chicks are getting much better at standing up and walking now, and have a lot more balance. They are walking about more often than shuffling now!
The chicks have been getting nosier, too, and taking interest in everything around them. In this photo you can see two of them peering intently at something over the side of the nest.
They must have had a big fish early this morning, as 33 didn’t go fishing until the afternoon. He brought in a nice pike at 13:40, which he caught right in front of Waderscrape!
One of the chicks tried to have a sneaky bite of the fish – in the video below you can see it trying to pull a fin off! It won’t be long until they learn how to eat the fish for themselves, and the adult birds will be able to deposit fish on the nest and leave the chicks to it.
There were a couple of intrusions today, but nothing that troubled the Ospreys too much. Maya mantled on the nest, but the intrusions came to nothing, and her concern was short-lived.
Later on in the afternoon, 33 went fishing again and brought back a lovely one at around 17:30. Maya fed the chicks and all was well with the world.
As if that wasn’t enough, 33 delivered another fish at 18:30! This fish was another pike, which he caught right in front of Waderscrape hide again!
To round the day off, here is a clip of all the Manton Bay Ospreys on the nest together.