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!
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!