Your fish is on my list

We have been waiting impatiently all day for the second egg to be laid, but there is still only one! Of course, Maya may not lay the second egg until later this evening or even tomorrow, as it can be three days between eggs. Last season, the eggs were laid on 15th, 17th and 20th April, so two and then three days apart. However, we cannot contain our excitement each time she stands up, just in case there are two eggs lying there underneath her!

Maya in rain

Maya incubating just one egg in the rain this morning


33 has excelled himself at fishing again today, as usual! He caught an enormous trout from the reservoir late this morning, and was seen from the Lyndon Centre carrying it back to the bay, where he sat on one of the large dead trees near Waderscrape and Tufted Duck hides to eat the head. Cormorants often sit in these trees in quite large groups, but just occasionally an osprey will join them! When he had finished his share of the fish, 33 flew to the nest and gave the rest to Maya, who took it off to eat on the T-perch.

33 flies in with the fish

33 flies in with the fish

Maya grabs it

Maya grabs it

Maya flies off with it

Maya flies off with it


As it was such a huge fish, 33 hadn’t quite eaten half of it, and Maya couldn’t possibly finish the rest by herself! When she’d had enough she brought it back, and it ended up being left on the side of the nest for a while.

Fish in the nest

Fish in the nest


Egg concerns

We have been receiving several comments and concerns about the egg being left uncovered for lengths of time, particularly in the evenings. We assure you that this is quite normal. Ospreys will begin to incubate as soon as the first egg is laid, however, this is often sporadic until they have a full clutch of three. It is not until that point that incubation will be continuous. Until then it is not uncommon for the first and even second egg to be left uncovered several times during the day, and it does not do them any harm, it may just slightly delay the initial development so that hatching is closer together. This is why last season, eggs one and two were laid two days apart, but hatched only one day apart. Also, in 2013, the first two eggs were laid two days apart, but hatched on the same day. Maya has raised 14 chicks so far in Manton Bay since 2010, and 33 did a superb job of raising his first three last year. Please do not worry – they know what they are doing!




5 responses to “Your fish is on my list”

  1. Valerie Webber

    Hi Kayleigh in the photo ‘fish in the nest’ Maya looked so much in the egg laying position I was convinced but not to be

    1. Kayleigh Brookes

      Nope, but it won’t be long!

  2. Sheila FE

    A really interesting blog, Kayleigh, particularly about the concern of lack of incubation. I appreciated there was no concern, but not that it would make hatching closer together, which in turn may give more chance to the last to hatch. Fascinating, thanks.

  3. Mike Simmonds

    Thank you Kayleigh. The comments about incubation will allay many fears!.

  4. Bill Hunt

    What a thing to witness, seeing Maya lay no.2 was a truly wonderful moment! Thanks for sharing the video. My level of excitement is now raised and every time Maya twitches or the wind ruffles her feathers I think no.3 is on it’s way. Surely it won’t be long?