Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The temperature may have risen slightly over the past couple of days, but the winds have certainly not let up! Fishing has been difficult again, as the waves on the water hinder visibility. 33 worried me slightly today, as he had not been seen at the nest throughout the early morning shift, and had still not appeared by 10am. I told myself he was just struggling with the wind, but the mind has a tendency to worry unnecessarily, and visualise all sorts of horrors that may have befallen him.

Luckily for me, it wasn’t long before my mind was put at ease! 33 knows what he’s about, and instead of fishing in the choppy waters of the reservoir, he paid a visit to a nearby fast food outlet – otherwise known as the River Gwash Trout Farm at Ryhall!

According to my colleagues, 33 also fished at Ryhall yesterday. To our knowledge, 33 had not visited the Trout Farm prior to that, as he usually prefers to fish nearby in the reservoir or in the lagoons on the nature reserve. However, on a day like today, with such strong winds, he knew he wouldn’t stand much of a chance and took the easy option. It’s fabulous that the Trout Farm is available to Ospreys, as it clearly helps them in adverse weather conditions. It’s also good news for photographers, such as Geoff Harries, who was in the Osprey Photography Hide when 33 visited! Geoff has very kindly offered to send us some photographs of 33 fishing – we’ll be able to share them with you soon!

In the meantime, what we do have is a video sequence of 33 taking the fish from the T-perch where he had sat to eat it, delivering it to Maya on the nest, then Maya flying off to the T-perch with it.

33 delivers the fish

33 delivers the fish

Maya takes the fish away

Maya takes the fish away

 

True to form, the Manton Bay pair have been swapping incubation duties regularly. Here’s a clip of one of their many change-overs today.

It's Maya's turn to incubate

It’s Maya’s turn to incubate

33 stands aside as Maya sits

33 stands aside as Maya sits

 

Much to the delight of visitors to Waderscrape Hide, 33 went fishing again this afternoon, and brought back another good-sized trout! Guess what – he also went to Ryhall for this one! He sat for over an hour eating it, and I was getting neck-ache looking at the live screen, poised over the record button! Eventually he took the rest of it to Maya, who had been waiting patiently. So her patience and mine paid off, and here’s another sequence of a fish delivery!

33 on the perch with the second fish

33 on the perch with the second fish

33 brings the second fish to the nest

33 brings the second fish to the nest

Maya grabs the fish

Maya grabs the fish

Maya flies off with the fish

Maya flies off with the fish

 

In addition to 33, several other birds have been seen using Ryhall this year, and 28(10) was also there today. Earlier in the year, Geoff Harries took some great shots of female Osprey 30(05) fishing there (click here to view), and here are some photographs taken earlier in the year by Neil Johnson of males 28(10) and 01(09). Many thanks to Neil for sharing these.

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Don’t forget you can book a place in the hides at Ryhall or Horn Mill to see Ospreys fishing for yourselves! Just visit the River Gwash Trout Farm Website.