Getting a grip!

Life on Nests 1 and 2 has returned to normal after the intruding humans on Tuesday. Now those humans can actually see what is happening on Nest 1 after the removal of grass by Ranger Paul, who also built up the front of the nest a bit in a hint to the adults.

On Nest 1 the youngsters have been intermittently actively wing flapping with occasional small hops. The best effort observed was 44 wing beats without a break by Blue VV on Thursday afternoon. Here is a video of all three having some exercise a bit earlier in the day. And below is an image of synchronisation!

The females Blue VT and Blue VV get it together! (c) Forestry Commission England

The females Blue VT and Blue VV get it together!
(c) Forestry Commission England

But the more interesting behaviour has centred on feeding. Increasingly the adults are leaving a fish on the nest rather than feeding the young immediately after delivery. Earlier posts have commented on chicks on both nests trying to nibble the fish. By this afternoon on Nest 1 all the youngsters had mastered holding a fish rather than just leaning towards it and pecking at it hopefully.

Early in the day YA had landed with the centre part of a fish, neither head nor tail remaining. That is much easier for a novice to handle. Blue VT tends to be first to tackle a fish and showed her proficiency.

Blue VT sets off with purpose (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VT sets off with purpose
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VT shows she can handle a fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VT shows she can handle a fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Then Blue VV had a go.

Blue VV tries to get morsels but isn't holding the fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VV tries to get morsels but isn’t holding the fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

She finally started to use her talons to grip the fish. Blue UV studied the technique. And then deployed it.

Blue UV watches as Blue VV uses her talons (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue UV watches as Blue VV uses her talons
(c) Forestry Commission England

And when Blue VV has moved off, Blue UV has a go (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue UV has a go
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 the fish isn’t being left for the youngsters quite as often. On Thursday after 37 brought a trout Mrs 37 fed the trio. 37 stayed for almost all the feeding time, dozing or watching his offspring.

A family scene (c) Forestry Commission England

A family scene
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks have a way to go to reach the Nest 1 standard, especially Blue 7H who tried to start from the tail end early today!

At least Blue 8H is at the right end! (c) Forestry Commission England

At least Blue 8H is at the right end!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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5 Responses to Getting a grip!

  1. didactylobs says:

    The quality of this years coverage is the best we have had. Superb.

  2. joannadailey says:

    Thanks, both. Three cheers to Forestry Commission Radio and Electronics Branch who have achieved a stable stream and installed such good nestcams. Hope that isn’t tempting fate with possible thunderstorms due!

  3. thehutts says:

    We have to thank the dedication of Forestry Commission Radio Branch for setting up the technology in such a way this year that the live streaming can be constantly recorded and then Joanna for pouring over hours of video to bring us the best highlights! Sally

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