Tugs of war. Or fish!

On Nests 1 and 2 all the chicks are now feeding themselves from fish brought in by the males. Mostly the females leave the youngsters to it for a while before taking the fish and feeding them from it. So there are quite a few tussles for ‘ownership’ of the fish when it arrives, or when someone feels it is their turn.

9H and 8H each want first go at a new fish (c) Forestry Commission England

9H and 8H each want first go at a new fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VV claims the trout from YA (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VV claims the trout from YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

VT decides UV has had enough to eat (c) Forestry Commission England

VT decides UV has had enough to eat
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1 Blue VT is usually first to the fish and is least likely to concede possession gracefully.

VT pecks at UV, who was trying to take the fish (c) Forestry Commission England

VT pecks at UV, who was trying to take the fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Things are a bit more civilised on Nest 2.

Blue 9H feeds in peace (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 9H feeds in peace
(c) Forestry Commission England

In the final image Blue 9H is cleaning her beak against a stick after her meal. How ‘grown up’ the youngsters are getting.

Blue 9H uses a stick to clean shreds of trout from her beak (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 9H uses a stick to clean shreds of trout from her beak
(c) Forestry Commission England

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