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.