As I mentioned on Saturday, there is no better place to see Osprey action than down in the hides overlooking Manton Bay, on the Lyndon Reserve. There is so much going on at this time of year, what with the juveniles so often on the wing, being chased by other birds, chasing each other, practising diving and getting into all sorts of mischief!
To give you a taste of what you might witness in the bay, Dave Cole has created another superb video of the Osprey action over the weekend, plus plenty of other wildlife on show in the bay! Thank you once again to Dave for this fantastic footage.
We also have a wonderful selection of John Wright’s photographs from the past few days, showing the adventures of the Ospreys in Manton Bay. To begin with, here is a lovely, idyllic scene, with all three juveniles sitting together.
The above photograph was taken before they all started to fall out with each other! As I also noted in Saturday’s update, the juveniles are now becoming more aggressive with each other, and chasing each other away in order to get first dibs on any fish that are delivered. Here are a few shots of S1 chasing S3 the other day.
S1 does seem to be the most dominant juvenile, and he has been the one doing most of the chasing. As such, he is also the one who manages to secure possession of most of the fish that are delivered!
S1 was the one who was waiting on the nest for the tench in the above photo. Funnily, somehow he managed to get it stuck in a stick, and had trouble getting himself untangled!
Here is a lovely sequence of photographs of 33 bringing in a huge trout! He took this fish to the leaning perch, where he began to eat it. However, he struggled a bit, so he decided to take it to the nest, where a very impatient S1 was waiting, along with Maya.
And to finish the sequence, here is the video taken from the live camera when 33 landed with the fish!
The young Ospreys are wonderfully entertaining in their antics, and it’s fabulous to watch them as they discover their surroundings and enjoy their freedom. S2 and S3 were providing a lot of magnificent viewing at the weekend, and were frequently diving into the water (or should I say crashing into it?)
There has been the occasional Osprey intrusion occurring in the bay over the past few weeks. One of the more recent visitors was an unringed female, seen in these photos below. She didn’t cause too much fuss, just flew around the bay for a while, accompanied by Maya and 33, then she headed away. It is likely she was on her migration, and was just passing through.
The Ospreys are still rather territorial, of course, and will defend their nest from any potential imposters. We know that a pair of Buzzards nested in the trees behind the Osprey nest, and they didn’t cause each other too many problems during the season. That is, until the juveniles fledged. Then 33 decided he didn’t like them, and was often seen dive-bombing them as they perched in the trees behind the nest, and we’ve seen photos from John of 33 chasing them away earlier in the season.
Here he is again, chasing away a juvenile Buzzard who got too close for comfort, and another one who actually sat on his perch! The audacity!
It’s not just other raptors, either – apparently Grey Herons are the enemy and need to be eliminated! Here are some brilliant shots of Maya dive-bombing one!
As we have seen in Dave Cole’s videos, and anyone who has visited Manton Bay will know, there is a lot more than the Ospreys to see there (they are the best, though, let’s be honest!). Here is a photograph of a juvenile Cuckoo that has been spotted on the reserve several times recently. It is likely this bird was passing through on its autumn migration – juveniles often leave later than adults.
And to finish, here’s a shot of S3, sitting very close to where the Cuckoo was!
Thank you very much to John Wright for all of the above photographs. Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s update, too, as we have another treat in store in the shape of a video from John!