Over the last few days, not a lot has happened on the Manton Bay nest. It has been very quiet and peaceful, with few intrusions, the occasional fish, and of course some more sticks!
Today has been another windy day, and 33(11) has not caught a fish yet. He hasn’t been trying awfully hard though, and has spent quite a lot of time sitting on the nest with Maya. It is nice to see that they appear to be quite settled together, and look comfortable side-by-side on the nest. They make a handsome pair.
Not a day goes by without 33(11) bringing in some sort of new material to the nest. He must have exhausted his supply of large timber though, as today he brought in a strand of bramble! Not the best material for an Osprey nest really, and it took the pair of them a while to figure out where to put it!
The nest is starting to look a bit lopsided. The Ospreys have been positioning most of the sticks at the front of the nest (as we look at it on the camera) and the other side is now lacking in stick density in comparison. The biggest problem with the birds building up the front of the nest is that, if the wall grows too tall, we won’t be able to see into the nest! It looks very colourful in the sun when it has been raining though, there are lots of different hues in those sticks.
It seems that 33′ s instincts to incubate have gone into overdrive, as today he has been seen twice hunkered down in the nest cup behind his sticks, looking as though he is sitting on eggs. He isn’t, we can see that much, and if there were eggs in there Maya would be on them like a shot. He just seems to think there should be some in there by now! He needs to get better at mating first! He still doesn’t really seem that driven to mate, and every time he tries he tends to slide off. Let us pray he gets the hang of it soon, so that one day when we turn on the screen, we will see an egg! Here’s hoping.