Well it started off quite chilly this morning, and the wind was whipping through the windows in the hides. Yesterday was fairly cold too, and rather wet, and we wondered where summer had gone! However, it has warmed up somewhat now, and of course the beauty of the new Waderscrape hide means we can still see even if the windows are shut!
The Manton Bay Ospreys continue to entertain and delight visitors to the Lyndon Nature Reserve. All five Ospreys are often seen in the bay all at once, and there are antics you can witness from the hide that you can no longer see on the cameras. John Wright and Dave Cole have provided us with superb footage filmed from the hides in the bay recently, which really gives an insight into the lives of these special birds!
Luckily for us in the Lyndon Centre, the Ospreys still occasionally visit the nest when they feel like it – usually when fish arrives! Here are some videos and images we captured of the birds over the last few days.
The following video was taken on Friday night. The juveniles were all sitting happily on the nest, tucking into a fish, when suddenly they all spooked and took flight. We learned from our volunteers that a helicopter flying much too low came right over the Osprey nest, which, naturally, scared all of the birds! There is a reason Ospreys are protected, and there is a reason aircraft is not allowed to fly low over the nature reserve! We hope this does not happen again.
We have been getting some brilliant photographs sent to us by visitors to the reserve. These two were taken by Malcolm Hupman, of S2 sitting in the dead tree near Waderscrape hide. Many thanks to Malcolm for these!