It’s been a very exciting day today – such a lot has happened on the Osprey nest and in the bay. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s back-track to yesterday evening, when 33 flew to the T-perch with a huge trout. He did this just as we were about to close the centre, and I thought we would miss the moment he delivered the fish to the nest. Luckily, he did so just before we actually left the building, and we were able to record him bringing it in! There was no time to upload it and integrate it into last night’s update, but here it is now!
Back to today, then, and it has been one of those days when everything seems to happen at once! There have been moments of excitement, punctuated by moments of calm. It has all been very interesting! Let’s start with the excitement for now…
There have been several intrusions in the bay today by other Ospreys. These intrusions have not been aggressive, and the birds have moved on when chased by 33. Happily for those of us in the centre, 33 chased intruders in our direction, and a few times during the day we saw two and even three Ospreys circling over Lax Hill! We even saw one intruder being chased away on the wide angle camera! Look in the clouds just above Maya’s head.
Later on, calm seemed to have resumed and 33 went off fishing. Then there was a phone call from Barbara and Peggy in the hide, saying it looked like he was sitting with a fish on the nest platform opposite the Lyndon Centre. We looked through the telescope, and there was an Osprey, sitting on the artificial platform, eating a fish. Could it be 33? We thought it would be rather odd if it was, as why would he sit and eat a fish there, when he usually brings it either straight to the nest or to the T-perch. So perhaps this was a new bird, and one that had intruded in the bay earlier…
Well, it was rather odd, as it turned out to be 33 after all. We know this because, not long after he had been spotted on the post, he took off after another intruding Osprey, still carrying his fish. Then he hightailed it back to the bay, where he landed on the T-perch with the fish.
Perhaps he felt threatened by the intruding birds, and didn’t want to go back to the nest. Or he caught the fish nearby, and decided that perch was a nice spot to begin eating. Whatever the reason, we have never seen 33 sit on that platform before.
The fish, which turned out to be a huge roach, was later delivered to the nest, where it was gratefully received.
33 had also brought in a fish earlier in the day, a smaller catch, which Maya and the chicks demolished in no time at all! This is probably why 33 wanted to eat the head of the roach, as he hadn’t had a look-in at the earlier fish.
In the moments of calm there were some laughs! This season, we have learned that 33 is a lovely, sweet Osprey who is a wonderfully attentive partner to Maya and father to the chicks. He seems to enjoy being on the nest, and he has always been partial to sitting down in it, whether it be during incubation…
…when Maya was brooding small chicks…
…when the chicks were four weeks old…
…and today he did it again, with three massive six-week-old chicks in the nest!
He does do some funny things! He didn’t stay sitting for long this time, as he seemed to get distracted by something. Here is a video of him.
As is expected, there have been several bouts of flapping going on amongst the chicks again today. This will happen more and more over the coming days, and there is only about a week to go until they fledge! All three juveniles have been busy exercising their wings at random intervals throughout the day. They are getting much more energetic in their flapping, and are jumping up and down much more confidently! Watch out for S2 doing a rather big leap in his second video!
S2’s big jump:
To round the day off, here are a few pictures of the Manton Bay Ospreys during some quieter moments on the nest today:
So that you are all aware, we will be closing the Lyndon Visitor Centre tomorrow, between 11am and 2pm. There will still be access to the reserve, and there will be volunteers in Waderscrape hide all day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.