Any early risers watching our webcam this morning will have noticed it went quiet at around 5.20 this morning – finally it was time for our chicks to get their leg rings! The conditions in Manton Bay were perfect, the water was wonderfully calm and it wasn’t too warm. Reserve Officer and trained bird ringer Lloyd Park quickly and safely retrieved the chicks from the nest and brought them down to the boat for ringing. We are happy to report that both chicks are very healthy and in great condition – as Kayleigh predicted we have a female, 2AN, and a male, 2AM.
As soon as we approached the nest Maya began circling overhead, and soon after we got to the nest 33 appeared too, carrying a freshly caught roach! He joined Maya in circling the nest, managing to keep hold of his roach the entire time.
The whole process was over with very quickly and it wasn’t long before Maya and 33 returned to the nest to rejoin their chicks. Along with our Manton Bay chicks, chicks from 2 other Rutland nests have received their leg rings today – the remaining 5 nests will be visited in the coming weeks.
A brilliant morning with some truly unbelievable birds!