Apart from a few scattered showers, it has been a rather lovely day today! The sun’s been out, the sky’s been blue, and the views from the centre and hide have been fabulous as always! Water voles have been out to play again in front of Waderscrape hide, and we saw a stoat in front of the Lyndon Centre first thing this morning! The three Osprey chicks have spent a lot of time relaxing in the nest today. Sometimes Maya was sitting there with them, and at others she watched them from the camera perch. It’s certainly a nest-full now that the youngsters are almost adult size!
33 delivered a fish to the nest early this morning, at about 06:15. They all took turns to eat it – Maya fed the chicks, then 33 took it to the perch, then he brought it back again. The remains of it lay in the nest for a while, next to the three sated chicks. Then a bit later on, we noticed that S2 had started eating it! He was standing on the fish, holding it tight with his left foot, his zygodactylic toe turned backwards for a better grip. He was tucking into it with perfect ease and apparent enjoyment.
We knew it wouldn’t be long before the chicks began to feed themselves, and we have already seen S1 take a fish and start to eat it, before Maya took it from her. Maya left S2 to it today, and he was there for a while scoffing! The others didn’t seem interested at all, and just lay there happily, preening and stretching their wings.
Soon, Maya will be able to start fishing again, and then both she and 33 will just deposit fish on the nest and leave the chicks to eat for themselves. That’s if Maya can help herself, of course – her instinct to feed the chicks is strong, as we saw when she took the fish from S1 on Sunday.
There are LOADS of Osprey and Wildlife Cruises taking place this month, run in partnership with the Rutland Belle. We begin Wednesday cruises on 15th, then there is a cruise every Saturday and Wednesday thereafter! Click here for a list of all cruise dates.
The cruises have all been very successful so far in terms of Osprey sightings – we have seen at least one Osprey, usually more, on every cruise! Some closer than others, but it’s always amazing to see an Osprey in flight, and the ones we have seen at close quarters have been absolutely fantastic.
Here are a couple of photographs that were taken by John Smallman on our latest cruise! Many thanks to John for sharing these.
The next cruise is this Saturday, 11th July. Click here to book now and secure your place!