On Friday the chick on Nest 1 had quite a busy morning in comparison with the usual ‘snoozathon’.
It had eaten before the nestcam stream started so was resting initially, with just an occasional stretch of wing and/or leg, but it soon started fiddling with some twigs and preening. Its tail feathers still need their sheaths to be shed but its wings are now looking much more like those of an adult, at least from above. The chick flapped its wings, vigorously at times, and walked on its feet frequently. It looked more co-ordinated for both activities.
YA was mostly in one tree or another but Mrs YA wasn’t visible on the ‘long view’ camera feed. At about 12.20 YA landed with part of a trout; Mrs YA wasn’t far behind! Initially the chick didn’t seem hugely interested but as soon as it stood up and moved Mrs YA started feeding it. Eating and staying on its feet was a bit of a challenge so it went back onto its haunches. After over 20 minutes it stopped for a few moments but then got up and ate more fish. Mrs YA was tearing off quite large morsels but the chick decided the gap between bites could be reduced and started nibbling at the trout in between! Mrs YA was unperturbed by this insolence.
By 12.50 the chick was back on nest re-arranging tasks and Mrs YA continued making inroads into the fish. After a few more minutes the chick had made room for some more morsels.
Both ospreys had finished eating by about 13.00 and YA came down to remove the very small remaining piece. The chick looked expectant but YA must have felt his own needs were greater. He could be seen in a tree with the remnant.
Mrs YA was on and off the nest but soon after 14.00 she started mantling. Both she and the chick hugged the bottom of the nest but YA didn’t leave the tree and no threat could be seen from the ‘long view’ camera feed. Something had spooked her, though. A little later the chick was wandering about moving bark and moss and Mrs YA was standing, alert but not alarming.
A video of the chick over the last three days is here; you can see the rapid rate of development ospreys undergo. Below are some images from today, click to enlarge.