Brilliant news from Manton Bay – the first chick hatched just after 6pm this evening! Here’s the wonderful moment we saw the tiny youngster for the first time
At this stage the youngster is still incredibly weak and Maya spent the majority of the chick’s first hour brooding it. However, from time to time she stood up and shuffled around, giving us fleeting glimpses.
For a more prolonged view we needed 33 to catch a fish. Sure enough, at 7:05pm, he dived and caught a roach close to the Lyndon Visitor Centre. He flew back to be bay and, like usual, landed on the nest-side t-perch with it. It was a good-sized fish and there was still plenty of it left when he took it to the nest 50 minutes later. At this stage 33 was still unaware that the chick had hatched; but that all changed as soon as he landed next to Maya. Here’s the moment he saw the youngster for the first time. You can almost see his surprise…
The chick is still too young to feed (at this early stage it is too weak even to hold its head up) and so after eating some of the fish herself, Maya left the remains on the side of the nest so that she could try again later.
20 minutes later Maya did try to feed the chick again, but it was still took weak…
Being an experienced mother, Maya knows exactly what she’s doing. She’ll keep trying to feed the chick but it may be that it won’t have its first meal until the early hours of tomorrow.
The next few days will make for fascinating viewing and so make sure that you put the webcam on tomorrow morning or, even better, come and see us at Lyndon over the bank holiday weekend. With a bit of luck, there should be two more hatchings to follow in the coming days….