That's good news Sandy.
Chicks alone on the nest, what a pretty pair they are!
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Feeding time at Manton Bay:
There's a peaceful family portrait 5R and Mrs just each standing one legged with Mrs occasionally shutting her eyes. Chicks in friendly huddle No fish on nest The far chick just stood up on its feet to poo and wingercise before settling down again, partially on iys sibling
Looks windy at Manton Bay, but fine and occasional sun. Mrs is on the nest and the chicks are busy preening and stretching wings and legs. They're beginning to grow tail feathers now.
Mrs is struggling with a stick that won't lay right, the chicks have wisely moved to far side of the nest!
Maybe not so wise.....she just took a step back and stood on one chick's outstretched leg and then took another step backwards and slipped by treading on the end of the 2nd chick who had to get up and rearrange its feathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another feed. Both seem hungry this time. Fishing must be difficult on such a windy day:
Night cam on at MB and a contented scene:
Overcast and windy at Manton Bay. Mrs is on the nest with the chicks who are hunkered down and preening occasionally. Interesting bit of film on the last blog, showing the wing-feather pins of one of the chicks, not something we see regularly!
Looks a nice sunny evening
Had a great visit to RW this afternoon. The reservoir is now about 105% full and has breached the bunds that separate both Manton and Heron Bays from the main body of the reservoir. This means that the water level in MB can no longer be controlled (more anon about the consequences of this).
Soon after I arrived both adults started to alarm call and 3 intruders arrived! 5R eventually gave chase and spent the next hour or so pursuing the intruders at some distance. One of the intruders only turned up last Wednesday and has yet to be identified! It has to be possible that it is one of the 2010 young from the MB nest.
Two very full and sleeping chicks overseen by Mrs and still the tail portion of the large fish from earlier on the nest.