Feeding time

The young fledglings at both nests continue to make progress, but still don’t seem to be venturing far.

On Nest 1 yesterday there was no action until about 13:00. There were heavy showers, so  probably the family would be sheltering in trees. Just before 13:00, HO was on the nest eating a fish. It is still rather early for her to have mastered catching yet, but her behaviour also suggested that skill is a little way off. She seemed to be trying to pick the fish up to fly off with it – possibly to get more shelter as the rain was hard at the time. Co-ordinating getting the fish in both sets of talons and flying proved too much, and she decided to stay put and get wet rather than risk dropping lunch!

Lunchtime on Nest 2. 2H has just taken the fish away from mum, who is on the right. Image from the Forestry Commission camera

On Nest 2 the live camera stream was playing up, so it was lunchtime there before some action was visible. When the image came up the female osprey was eating with 1H, the female youngster, observing. Her brother 2H was perched on a branch to the side of the nest but he then flew down (why walk when you can fly?) to snatch the fish away from mum! At that point the connection failed and when it fired into life again, mum had regained possession. But she was feeding 1H, not herself. And half an hour or so later, she was feeding 2H despite his earlier rudeness. What a great parent!

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6 Responses to Feeding time

  1. Greg Sanders says:

    Nice to hear!
    Are we going to hear about any new news from Kielder this year?

    • joannadailey says:

      Updates will go on when there is news!

      • Greg Sanders says:

        Not allways as you know!
        News is only news to those who dont know -when you decide to release the news!
        Only it may have been accidently released elsewhere!

  2. Greg Sanders says:

    Shame i cant “edit” on here like some other blogs Joanna! (would have!)
    Great blog this year- much appreciated by many- hope next year is as sucsessfull and better if the weather improves!
    Have a peacefull time preparing for next year!

  3. thehutts says:

    Just to clarify the situation. We only have two breeding pairs, but other birds have been seen in the area and we are hopefull that at some stage, in the not too distant future, we will expand on our breeding population. A third nest, successfully raising young, is our hope for the years to come.

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