Spread your wings

All three Manton Bay chicks have now fledged! (T7 on 4th July, T6 on 6th July and T8 on 7th July). It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were celebrating the fact that they had all hatched! Those eight weeks have flown by in a blur of feathers and fish, and in another few short weeks the Manton Bay brood of 2016 will be contemplating a 3,000 mile trip to Africa!

Now that the juveniles are all on the wing, there is not so much action on the nest itself anymore, and the webcam often only offers a view of an empty nest! Consequently, the best views of the ospreys at this time of year are to be had from Waderscrape and Shallow Water hides, down in Manton Bay. The youngsters are testing their wings and becoming more active and adventurous, and they are putting on a good show! Even the adults have been seen seemingly playing and having fun together, dive-bombing swans and grebes and displaying in the air.

Here is another superb video by Dave Cole, filmed over the past few days. This video shows some of the action that can be witnessed from the hides on the nature reserve, now that the young are flying. Thank you to Dave for this footage!