At last, a fish for (late) lunch on Nest 1!

After a few days of no fish brought to or eaten on Nest 1 from before 10.00 until 17.00, YA landed with a good size trout at just before 15.00 on Saturday! The chick had been either asleep (it had clearly eaten well before the camera stream began) or sitting the wrong side of Mrs YA to be seen by the nestcam, but it was visible from the ‘long view’ camera.

YA didn’t stay as the chick raced (well, waddled on its haunches) across the nest to where the fish had been deposited. It still possessed a head but wasn’t moving. Mrs YA had got to it before the chick – would she feed chick or herself? Hurrah, the chick was fed for a good 15 minutes, getting valuable moisture from the morsels. It flagged slightly and started to back away but decided it could force some more down. Its crop was very full when it eventually staggered away to the rear of the nest to flop. Mrs YA then enjoyed a substantial meal.

You can see how well the chick is developing; the tiny feathers and eye stripe mean it looks much more like a young osprey.

The Nest 2 nestcam streamed (or rather trickled in spurts) very intermittently. There was a feed for the chicks at about 10.30 and they snoozed during the afternoon. The most active was Blue 3H, the feisty one from ringing. He tried to eat some fish from a scraggy looking bit. It wasn’t clear whether he managed to get anything, but top marks for trying to be independent.

Here are some images, Nest 1 first. Click to enlarge. A video of the Nest 1 chick will be uploaded later. The streaming quality precluded video from Nest 2.

YA drops a trout off (c) Forestry Commission

YA drops a trout off
(c) Forestry Commission

Hurry up, I'm hungry (c) Forestry Commission

Hurry up, I’m hungry
(c) Forestry Commission

Feeling full (c) Forestry Commission

Feeling full
(c) Forestry Commission

A snack awaits the Nest 2 chicks (c) Forestry Commission

A snack awaits the Nest 2 chicks
(c) Forestry Commission

3H has tried to eat a morsel from a scrag end under his foot. (c) Forestry Commission

Blue 3H has tried to eat a morsel from a scrag end under his foot.
(c) Forestry Commission

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2 Responses to At last, a fish for (late) lunch on Nest 1!

  1. Rosie Shields says:

    The chick on Nest 1 looks so much stronger now. I was really worried for it earlier when it couldn’t get back on its feet when it fell over, especially considering the demise of its siblings. Are there any concerns that he won’t reach fledging now?

    • joannadailey says:

      I don’t want to tempt fate, Rosie, but it is fair to say things look a lot better for the chick than they did. Each day it will be stronger. It was good to see YA drop off the fish this afternoon as over the last few days the chick hasn’t had any moisture for over 6 hrs in the heat. Yes, Mrs YA is doing a good sheltering job, but the odd snack for the chick would have been reassuring to humans!
      YA has brought in some hefty sticks and even a large piece of dead tree today, carried like a fish! It is bottom right as you look at images. One of his offerings swung at the chick in error could be a problem. So keep rooting for the chick!

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