On Monday morning no feed was observed on Nest 1. On Sunday the chicks could barely have eaten more than they were offered, but by lunchtime on Monday everyone was on the lookout for fish!
During the afternoon at Kielder Water and Forest Park there was a torrential downpour with thunder affecting parts of the area. Nest 1 especially suffered. Worrying times, but Mrs YA kept the chicks dry as she spread wide over them.
At 14.55 when it was still raining quite hard YA landed with a live fish – he had done well to catch it in the weather. But Mrs YA didn’t get up and after a couple of minutes he left to have the first bit of it himself.
When it became more drizzle than rain Mrs YA called YA in and the chicks lined up.
They ate well for over 20 minutes. Already their co-ordination is better and there is a bit of sibling rivalry too, snatching morsels from another chick’s beak. But after a long feed, it is time for a rest. The image below is the chick that had most initially taking a breather as its siblings soldier on.
Apologies for the purple hue in some shots.