Feeding

Most attention at the moment is on the pre-fledging exercising. Our congratulations to Loch of the Lowes for the first two fledges on a ‘public’ nest, both took place this afternoon. But young ospreys are developing in other ways too, including refining their ability to tear morsels from fish left on the nest by a parent. The Nest 1 pair are more advanced than Nest 2 at taking increasingly successful nibbles of part eaten fish.

Although on Nest 2 on Friday VM was first to the fish when 37 landed. Would she feed herself?

VM has pulled the fish away from 37 (c) Forestry Commission England

VM has pulled the fish away from 37
(c) Forestry Commission England

The family looked on for a few seconds to see how she would cope – she didn’t! – before Mrs 37 took control of things.

Sometimes the chicks on Nest 2 eat when they are standing up but yesterday they were still mainly on their haunches.

The chicks are still being fed by Mrs 37 (c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks are still being fed by Mrs 37
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1 YA has been bringing more fish to the nest during nestcam streaming hours. This was one on Friday afternoon.

VY ducks as a late lunch arrives (c) Forestry Commission England

VY ducks as a late lunch arrives
(c) Forestry Commission England

Generally Mrs YA follows him in and feeds VP and VY who are usually on their feet to eat.

Mrs YA feeds VP as VY checks out below! (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA feeds VP as VY checks out below!
(c) Forestry Commission England

When they have had enough (and often Mrs YA eats too) the fish is either left on the nest for them or sometimes she or YA take it away.

A big test for the youngsters came last night when YA brought a whole and moving fish to the nest.
Managing to open up the fish would probably still be too challenging for the youngsters. Fortunately Mrs YA landed after a couple of minutes to do that hard bit!

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