The younger chicks are made of tough stuff!

Some days are more peaceable than others on Nests 1 and 2. Yesterday there were quite a few aggressive moments. The younger chick actually made the first peck on some occasions. Here is an instance on Nest 2.

And one on Nest 1.

A bit later on Nest 1 Chick 1 got in first!

Although the attacks do look vicious the victim perks up within minutes of appearing stunned. And are sometimes game for a re-match!

Today was wet at times in the morning so the females tried to cover as much of the two chicks and one egg as they could, no easy task. Having the egg still in the cup shows how much the chicks have grown as they dwarf the egg. The eldest chick is three weeks old today.

The chicks get ready for a meal (c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks get ready for a meal
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here is Chick 1 on Nest 1 showing off its wing span at three weeks old.

Three weeks old today! (c) Forestry Commission England

Three weeks old today!
(c) Forestry Commission England

The youngest chick of the four, Chick 2 on Nest 2 shows its wing span.

A more modest display (c) Forestry Commission England

A more modest display
(c) Forestry Commission England

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