Still one egg to hatch

The weather today at Kielder was blissfully warm and sunny, such a contrast to a couple of days of heavy rain and a chill in the air. A well deserved reward for the ospreys and they made the most of it! In the last couple of days the males have caught fish despite poor fishing conditions and the females (mainly, YA keeps trying) have managed to feed their chicks between showers. But today was gorge-ous indeed! The males went into fishing overdrive, with two almost whole fish and a small but live brown trout on Nest 1 at one point, and two large fish on Nest 2. The females fed the chicks until they toppled over. They stood off them quite often in the sunshine, but shaded them in the hottest part of the day too.

Here are some Nest 1 highlights. And a link to a video of feeding yesterday.

The first observed feed of the day  (c) Forestry Commission England

The first observed feed of the day
(c) Forestry Commission England

There are two fish already but YA lands with a live brownie! (c) Forestry Commission England

There are two fish already but YA lands with a live brownie!
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA has another go at feeding the chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has another go at feeding the chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

And Nest 2, with a comical moment.

37 provides a handy sunshade as Mrs 37 feeds the chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

37 provides a handy sunshade as Mrs 37 feeds the chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

One minute the chick on the left is begging... (c) Forestry Commission England

One minute the chick on the left is begging…
(c) Forestry Commission England

... the next it's body resembles a small football! (c) Forestry Commission England

… the next it’s body resembles a small football!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 has a close look at the last egg (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 has a close look at the last egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

Feeding at 16.30 (c) Forestry Commission England

Feeding at 16.30
(c) Forestry Commission England

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