The second egg for the Manton Bay pair was laid today! It can be hard to spot the eggs as 33 keeps bringing clumps of hay that obstruct the view. However, we were sure we could see two in there just after midday, as 33 was settling down to incubate.
I ran back through the recordings in an attempt to work out when laying actually occurred. We’re pretty sure that it happened at 11:11 – as you can see in the video below, about 15 seconds in Maya seems to shift position and looks slightly uncomfortable. She didn’t get up straight away, and when she did, 33 was in the way! The above video of 33 with the eggs was the first clear view we had of them afterwards!
The weather has been great, sunny with a slight breeze, and the pair have been happily swapping over incubation of their clutch. 33 has also been bringing in plenty of soft hay to line the nest with!
He also brought in a great big stick at one point this morning, and when he landed I couldn’t help but gasp as it hit Maya right in the neck and pinned her momentarily to the nest! She didn’t seem all that bothered and was absolutely fine. She turned round to help 33 get the stick off her, then she decided it was his turn and flew off the nest.
Here’s a close up of 33 settling down to incubate.
And here’s a middle of the night clip! It is written that usually the female is the one who sits throughout the night, but it’s not the case on this nest with 33! Last night they swapped over at least four times during the night.
After waiting all day for 33 to catch a fish, Maya must have been delighted when he turned up just before 5pm with this huge gift! We believe it to be a bream. She grabbed it and flew off the nest with it, whilst 33 settled down in his favourite place – on the eggs!
A few more screenshots from today!