What brilliant news today, when Maya finally laid the second egg! Last year, Maya laid the second egg two days after the first, which led us to believe she would lay this year’s egg number two yesterday. As such, we waited impatiently all day, eagerly watching the live screen each time Maya rose from incubation, but it was not to be. Today, we did the same thing, but this time, just after 4pm, she laid it! Here is the moment it happened!
33 has enjoyed his incubating again today! It’s great that he likes it so much and is so willing to do his share – more than his share – as it means the eggs get the best care possible, and Maya is able to have regular breaks to stretch her wings and preen, keeping herself in good condition. The pair swapped over regularly again today, as and when they felt like it.
33 caught another enormous fish today, again out of the reservoir. We saw him from Lyndon as he flew east, looking down into the water. He disappeared for about 20 minutes, then was spotted flying past the Lyndon Centre going the other way, back to the bay, carrying a huge trout. This caused much delight amongst visitors in the centre! He ate his share of the fish as usual then brought the rest to the nest. However, Maya didn’t seem at all interested, and did not get up. 33 looked a bit confused, and unsure what he should do. Eventually he flew off, leaving the fish on the nest with Maya.
Maya’s lack of interest in the fish gave us reason to believe she was concentrating on other things. We were proved right when, not long after, she began to get fidgety, and eventually, after a lot of shuffling, laid the second egg!