Well it was a pretty cool day today for the Osprey Watch volunteers but the cool air did not stop our 130 visitors from flocking to the viewpoint and being wowed by the sight of Blue 6H (via the nest cam) being fussed over by the parents.
The day started with Blue 6H on the nest and all was quiet with Mum and Dad to the right and left of the nest keeping vigil. At 11.30 a whopping trout was dropped into the nest by Dad and Blue 6H was left to get on with it but after a few tearings he/she quickly got bored and sat in the nest leaving the fish to one side.
At 13.00 there was a lot of wing stretching and helicoptering and on occasions we thought Blue 6H was going to ‘take off’ but didn’t. Looking at the tail feathers there is probably a bit more development to go but watch out in the next few days.
Both adult birds were very attentive guarding over their youngster from their favourite viewing points to the left and right of the nest and they often flew around the nest with both landing on the nest to get a closer check – and with all 3 on the nest a few times together.
Later in the afternoon Mum decided that the 11.30 fish delivery was just wasting so she fed Blue 6H until sated – and then had a very good nosh herself. Is she building herself up now for the long flight we wonder………?
Christine, Ian and Joyce.
Blue 6H definitely upped the game re exercising today; lucky Osprey Watch team and vistors! Before the trout appeared Blue 6H ‘flew’ (well, hopped and flapped) from the back of the nest to the front and ground to a halt just in time – see the 4th and 5th images. These images are from the morning period; click to enlarge (especially the first one). And here is a link to some of the wing work during the first part of the day.