The weather at Kielder Water and Forest Park has been miserable for both ospreys and humans today. On Nest 1, apart from having half a fish whilst her mother ate the rest, Blue HO has hunkered down interspersed with some few and far between wing flaps. And they were probably to get herself drier, not prepare for a spin! She should be able to pick up the pace again after tomorrow, when the weather is forecast to improve.
On Nest 2, for most of the morning the younger pair sat together as the adult female tried to offer a bit of protection. It is noticeable that in better weather over the last couple of days the youngsters have often been standing on their feet rather than squatting on their haunches, and they are having a go at tearing off bits of fish for themselves rather than relying on their mother. Both are signs they are maturing.
There is some wing flapping, but it is likely to be a couple of weeks before they take to the skies.