Weather it rains

Over the past few days we have experienced a wide range of different weather conditions at the Lyndon Nature Reserve and in Manton Bay. It has been very changeable, from beautifully hot and sunny on Sunday, to freezing on Tuesday, and today has been raining. This morning at 5am there was frost on the nest! Here is 33 sitting tight.

Frosty

We encountered almost every kind of weather on Tuesday – rain, sleet, snow, sun, wind! The wide angle camera is great for seeing the weather down the south arm of the reservoir. The two photos below were taken within half an hour of each other – a few minutes after the first one was captured, we had a snow blizzard at the centre!

Dramatic skies Blue skies

Wednesday was very cold and extremely windy, so much so that there were waves on the water. It was lovely in the sun though, which was shining for most of the day. Except when we had hail showers, of which there were two during Wednesday afternoon – here is a video of poor Maya incubating in a hailstorm. It doesn’t seem to bother her unduly, and she sits tight on those eggs.

Whilst constantly changing weather conditions doesn’t help when choosing how many layers to wear (not a problem the ospreys have, of course), it does make life interesting! I do enjoy the weather, and seeing how frequently and rapidly it can change. Ospreys are hardy birds, and can cope with all sorts of weather conditions, whether dry & hot in Senegal or wet & windy here at Rutland Water.

Dark!

Here are a couple of stick videos from today – this long stick caused problems when 33 tried to move it, as you can see from the second video!

33 with stick

Here is a video of 33 bringing a small fish to Maya yesterday evening. It was only a tiny fish, so he brought the entire thing straight to Maya on the nest. It must have been a very fresh catch, as it wasn’t quite dead!

33 small fish Maya small fish

As we know from previous years, 33 loves to incubate the eggs, and just be on the nest. He often used to sit down next to Maya as she incubated, as though he were incubating with her. He has already done this once this season, and here he is doing it again today!

Sitting together

In other news, the water voles have been very active in the scrape and channels in front of Waderscrape hide recently! The re-introduction that took place in 2011 was very successful, and results show that there is a healthy population of water voles on the nature reserve as a whole. Water voles are generally an elusive species and hard to see, but visitors to Waderscrape hide on the Lyndon reserve have been getting excellent views recently, on a daily basis!

These photographs from Chris Wood prove how visible the water voles are.

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Click here to read all about the water vole project at Rutland Water!