The three chicks on Nest 2 spent much of Thursday in their normal collapsed “eaten too much” state. Mrs 37 stood on the opposite side of the nest as her chicks slumbered, stirred, panted and slumbered! She preened herself at times. About 10.35 she started pulling at some left over fish and the chicks managed another mouthful or two. When they were napping again she had a flight; their excellent camouflage was evident. The grey down with the white stripe down the spine allow them to blend into the nest, looking almost like the lattice work of sticks. Their eyes are starting to go orange – they were blue earlier in their short lives.
One of the chicks had a few goes at tugging a twig around to make itself more comfortable. That was about the most active any of them got until later in the afternoon when possibly the same chick climbed onto the sticks to pick one up! Hopefully it wasn’t as dangerous as it looked.
At about 12.25 in flew 37 for a few moments then he went off to fetch some stashed fish. Mrs 37 didn’t look that interested at first so he started feeding the chicks himself. After a couple of minutes Mrs 37 decided she should exert control and grabbed it off him to continue feeding the youngsters!