The Ospreys have demonstrated some strange behaviour today. Well, Maya in particular. Nothing to worry about at all, just a bit different! I love the curiosities and complexities of animal behaviour, and enjoy something new and interesting to wonder about!
The first thing that struck me as odd was when 33 brought in a fish at about 08:30. He ate his half, as usual, then brought the rest to the nest. Maya didn’t seem interested, though, and didn’t even stand up. 33 looked ever so confused, and kept looking down at the fish then at Maya. Eventually she stood up and left the nest, but she didn’t take the fish… I can only assume she wasn’t hungry! 33 abandoned the fish and got straight onto the eggs after she had gone.
Later, Maya came back to the nest and the pair swapped incubation duties, and all was normal – except for the half eaten fish that lay in the nest. 33 came back and sat on the nest with Maya for a while, and they both seemed happy and at ease.
After a while, Maya got to her feet and began moving a stick about, and then she moved a piece of dried manure! But she put it right next to the eggs… in the way, surely?
Seemingly happy with her placement of the poo, she went towards the tail end of fish, grabbed hold of it, moved to the other side of the nest and began to eat it. 33 stood to one side while this was going on, looking on bewilderedly. Maya ate the rest of the fish on the nest, which is very unusual during incubation. Once finished, I thought she would then get back on the eggs, but she didn’t, she flew off to the T-perch. Why she didn’t take the fish there to eat is anyone’s guess!
As soon as she left, like a switch had been flicked, 33 moved towards the eggs. Before he sat, though, he moved the dried-up piece of cow-pat that Maya had put in the way, and placed it to the side of the nest. That done, he dutifully sat, while Maya preened on the perch.
The rest of the day went on much as we would expect (well, mostly), with the pair doing frequent swaps of incubation duties. Several sticks have been sorted into suitable positions, by both Maya and 33.
To top the day off, 33 caught another fish at about 15:30 and took it to the T-perch, where he sat for about an hour eating it. He didn’t bring this one to the nest at all, though – he ate it all himself! Perhaps Maya’s lack of gratitude for this morning’s fish made him think twice about sharing!