Fair share

It has been another busy day, both at Birdfair and Lyndon! It has been particularly warm today, too – just the sort of weather you’d expect for late August. The warm weather has meant crowds of people are out and about enjoying the summer, and ice creams have sold very well indeed! The Ospreys are still proving to be a huge draw for people, and the hides on the Lyndon Nature Reserve have been packed all day. Luckily, none of our five Manton Bay Ospreys have set off on their migration yet, and so are here for all to see!

33 with a trout, photo by John Wright

33 with a trout, photo by John Wright


I spent a couple of hours monitoring the Ospreys yesterday evening. It was a beautiful evening, the sun was bright, the water was calm and the Ospreys were all there – Maya and S1 were on the T-perch, 33 was sitting in the fallen poplar to the right of the nest, S3 was on the nest eating a fish, and S2 was with her, food-begging. It was an idyllic, peaceful scene – if you don’t count the incessant racket from S2, that is!

We have noticed that, now the juveniles are older and more self-assured, they have become very possessive over fish and have been seen to fight over them occasionally. S1 and S3 fighting over a perch last week is a case in point – click here to read about that!

However, contrary to this evidence of antagonism between the juveniles, last night I noticed them behaving in the completely opposite manner. All three of them shared their fish most graciously.

33 had delivered the big trout to the nest at 16:30, and when I arrived at the hide at 18:00, S3 was on the nest tucking in, and S2 was shouting for his turn. He didn’t attempt to steal the fish from his sister, though. After a while, S1 flew off the T-perch and alighted on the nest with his siblings, wanting a bit of the fish, too. But, like S2, he waited. When S3 had had her fill, she surrendered the fish and went to sit next to Mum. S2 was next in line and gorged himself for a while, then, just as courteously as S3, he relinquished the fish to S1, and went to have a bath in the reservoir.

It was a lovely thing to witness. There was no sign of any aggression or hostility between the juveniles at all. I expect their behaviour is dependent on their mood, and the particular situation and conditions.

S1 with fish

S1 gets the fish last


Tomorrow is the last chance to visit the Birdfair, and the Osprey Project have a special presentation taking place in the Author’s Marquee at 3:30pm. It is the launch of a brand new Osprey book for children – “Be an Osprey Expert”. Click here for more details about the book. At this book launch, pupils from Brooke Priory School will be performing their Osprey song! There will also be the chance to find out more about the Osprey Project’s work in Africa, and the team will be joined by a special guest from The Gambia… come along to find out all about it!