Nest 2 update

The most notable event over the last few days on Nest 2 was  sustained wing flapping by the oldest chick – 10 beats! That was on Sunday and there has been little flapping since then. Whilst talking about wings, these shots from Monday show that although on the surface chick 3’s wings appear well developed, look below and you can see there is some way to go.

Chick 3's wings look well feathered... (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3’s wings look well feathered…
(c) Forestry Commission England

...still a long way to go (c) Forestry Commission England

…still some way to go, though
(c) Forestry Commission England

Fish don’t last too long now. The three images below show a new delivery at 11.00 on Sunday, then after 15 minutes and lastly another 20 minutes.

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Mrs 37 had finished it off within the hour.

On Monday, 37 had a spell of bringing in and/or re-arranging sticks and twigs. The chicks probably don’t look forward to this activity which often results in being clobbered with a stick or being pushed over as it is carried across the nest.

Not for the first time a chick gets floored by 37 (c) Forestry Commission England

Not for the first time a chick gets floored by 37
(c) Forestry Commission England

Late on Monday Mrs 37 seemed to be having a serious word with one of the chicks. The amber eye of the chick contrasts with the pale yellow adult eye.

Mrs 37 and a chick exchange a long look (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 and a chick exchange a long look
(c) Forestry Commission England

Tuesday morning was dominated by heavy showers so complete inactivity, apart from Mrs 37 valiantly trying to get a position to shelter her offspring.

Too much to cover! (c) Forestry Commission England

Too much to cover!
(c) Forestry Commission England

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