What a beautiful spring day it has been! Although it wasn’t that bright this morning – this is the scene that greeted me when I first turned the cameras on at 08:00! This is 33(11) sitting on the T-perch in the mist.
The Ospreys are enjoying the nice weather, although occasionally Maya was seen to be panting from the heat. There were still only two eggs in the nest this morning, but as you may know Maya laid a third at 17:15 this evening! I’d seen that she was hunched over the eggs with her back to the camera, half standing, so I watched closely, and when she moved out of the way a second or two later, I could see three eggs! One was very clearly a different colour and looked fresh, so she must have just laid it that minute!
33 was seen to deliver two fish today, one at 10am and one at 1pm. They were both pretty tiny fish that looked like perch. Here’s the first fish delivery:
You can barely see the tiny bit of fish in Maya’s foot as she flies off!
She took it off to the T-perch to eat it, it didn’t take her long!
Later, she came back onto the nest to take over incubation from 33.
As she was back and clearly wanting to incubate, 33 got up and flew off the nest.
It’s great to watch how well this pair are getting along, and swapping incubation duties regularly. This afternoon, I watched as Maya began calling on the nest as she incubated. 33 had been sitting on the T-perch, but he responded to her call and came and landed on the nest next to her. Maya then got up and flew off to the T-perch, where she began to preen, and 33 happily took up position on the eggs. Team work!