The juvenile ospreys on Nests 1 and 2 are still staying very near their natal nests, which are being used as feeding stations. They will gradually explore further afield over the next few weeks. The time is fast approaching for the females to leave on migration, always poignant for humans. The famous osprey known by many as Lady at Loch of the Lowes has already departed.
Given that there are occasional assaults on the Kielder adults by their offspring who could blame the females if they fly off soon!
The males drop their catches off as quickly as possible to avoid getting an accidental nip.
The youngsters are still having tugs of war over new fish, or getting impatient with a sibling who has eaten more than a fair share.
Sometimes a juvenile will eat for over an hour, a far cry from a couple of months ago when a few mouthfuls filled them up. Although the weather has been changeable and quite windy there are still ample fish deliveries; at times a new fish arrives when over half an old one is still on the nest, especially on Nest 1.
The females still feed the youngsters at times.
But mostly the youngsters are feeding themselves. So a very reduced role for the females now.