It’s been a beautiful day today, and an exciting one too! You may remember that 3J, the first of our 2013 brood to return, did so on 13th May, and was identified by Tim and John at Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough. Since then she has stayed in that area, and seemed quite content there, fishing in the lagoons. We hoped that she would show her face at Rutland Water at some point, and felt sure that she would, it was just a matter of when. Well, it was today!
At about 09:20, both Maya and 33 were mantling on the nest, and it became apparent there was an intruding Osprey in the bay. It was later determined that the intruder was 3J! John Wright was down there to witness it all, and he took some super photographs, which we will be able to share with you tomorrow.
In the video below, you can just see 3J flying away from the nest, after she dive-bombed it and Maya flew up at her.
3J fledged from the Manton Bay nest in 2013, but it’s unlikely she remembered that and wanted to drop in and say hi to Mum! Likewise, Maya wouldn’t recognise that 3J is her daughter – Ospreys don’t let things like family ties worry them. Previous years are forgotten, and Maya must focus on what matters right now, which is her new brood of chicks. Therefore any intruders are chased away, relatives or not!
Earlier in the morning, 33 delivered a fish, and the chicks gorged themselves on it, as usual! Afterwards they lay happily in the summer sunshine, enjoying the welcome change in the weather!
At about 5 o’clock, 33 came flying into the nest with a lovely pike, which Maya gladly took from him. Here are two views of him landing on the nest with it. In the first, you can see him coming from above the trees on Lax Hill. In the second, his shadow precedes him, and you can clearly see the fish he’s holding is a pike.
As promised, here are yesterday’s videos of the large trout 33 delivered just after closing.
Let’s hope that this sunny weather continues, particularly for our Guided Summer Walk on Wednesday!