Another wet afternoon

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!

The whole family want FOOD! (c) Forestry Commission England

The whole family want FOOD!
(c) Forestry Commission England

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 just before 14.00 a real downpour began (c) Forestry Commission England

At just before 14.00 a real downpour began
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

YA goes off to his usual perch (c) Forestry Commission England

YA goes off to his usual perch
(c) Forestry Commission England

When it became more drizzle than rain Mrs YA called YA in and the chicks lined up.

Already the chicks can keep their heads up longer (c) Forestry Commission England

Already the chicks can keep their heads up longer and more steadily
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Flake out time (c) Forestry Commission England

Flake out time
(c) Forestry Commission England

Apologies for the purple hue in some shots.

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