It was an overcast and cooler day, good for chicks not getting too hot and fine for humans sizzling with the prospect of meeting the three chicks on Nest 2. (Well, the amateur was sizzling!)
As the party approached the nest the adults cried out and flew overhead. Unlike last year they seemed less disturbed by what was happening and their alarm calls subsided after a while. The chicks were carefully removed from the nest by the licensed Forestry Commission Ranger to be ringed by the Kielder ornithologist.
And what really healthy looking and handsome ospreys they are! As usual, they were very docile – apart from one who took a fancy to human flesh now and again! That one is probably male and is Darvic ringed Blue 3H. The other two are almost certainly female and the marginally lighter one bears the ring Blue 4H. She tended to keep her head down, maybe it was her who tried to ensure privacy by masking the nestcam lens! The largest of the three is Blue 5H, who looked around the scene.
After a photocall where they showed off their deep orange eyes and growing plumage they were returned to their eyrie. The adults were returning to the nest as the Forestry Commission group left the area.
After distant views from field observations and nestcam close ups it was a great thrill to meet the chicks ‘up close and personal’ so huge thanks to the Forestry Commission.
A very short and very amateur video and some photos are here. If you can’t wait, here are some shots of the special Kielder youngsters.