A review of the footage from Friday evening showed there was no sign of the third chick emerging, so it hatched after 20.00 and before 09.00 today. Judging from the shell and condition of the chick – dry rather than just hatched, but very floppy – it was probably today.
There was a feed at soon after 10.00 but chick 3 never managed to co-ordinate head raising and begging. An hour or so later it joined in with its siblings for a meal.
Within an hour the rain came and it got harder. Mrs 37 stayed tight on the chicks throughout the afternoon and looked exceedingly fed up! 37 landed with a fish a couple of times but she wasn’t prepared to get off the chicks to feed herself or them.
But at just before 17.00 when 37 arrived again it was a different story. Maybe a video tomorrow (footage not downloaded today), it was interesting to watch. 37 ate for a couple of minutes. Mrs 37 was quite vocal and he began to proffer pieces to her. She declined, but eventually stood and she then started feeding the chicks – after 37 gave one of them a mouthful!
Aren’t ospreys wonderful to observe?