What can you see in the image below?
Not an empty nest, but the head of Blue 6H peeping from the top left edge! Which is where the youngster sat for at least 3 hours today!
At first in the morning there was a bit of activity, with a spot of ‘quite high’ jumping rather than helicoptering. But soon after noon the corner became the favourite place to sit. It was clear from glimpses that the chick preened and flapped a wing. Both adults landed at separate times – would this get Blue 6H back into view? Barely, during one visit.
The adults moved the furniture around. Mrs YA picked up a large piece of bark and placed it left of nest centre. Some minutes later YA dropped it back where it belonged!
No fish was seen on the nest so maybe the adults are reducing frequency to encourage Blue 6H to fledge. But its crop was full looking so there had been an early meal.
PS A fish came in late in the afternoon and Blue 6H fed itself. Failure for the parents – if it was a ‘starve it to make it fly’ technique during the day.
Here are some images from a frustrating day!