Things are hotting up!

The title doesn’t apply to the weather as much as the nest action! It was wet this morning on and off with a cool wind. By lunchtime it was drier and the wind eased somewhat.

The better conditions allowed the Nest 1 and 2 youngsters to increase their wing exercises and on both nests there was real progress.

On Nest 2 both chicks exercised at the same time on several occasions – Mrs 37 departed as soon as they got going usually. This image is from late morning.

The juveniles flap vigorously (c) Forestry Commission England

The juveniles flap vigorously
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here is a video showing a creditable ‘helicopter’ by VM on Nest 2 and efforts by the Nest 1 pair which possibly just creep into the definition! Click on the image to open the video.play button

On both nests there was progress in handling fish. On Nest 2 in mid afternoon 37 dropped off a fish. Several times recently one of the youngsters has pulled it away from his talons but then been at a loss, even if the fish was headless, and Mrs 37 has taken over. This time VM tucked in straight away.

VM feeds herself albeit under close supervision! (c) Forestry Commission England

VM feeds herself albeit under close supervision!
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1 in the morning YA delivered a still thrashing fish and VY got more than she wanted when she bent to take the trout from YA’s talons.

Hit in the face by a wet fish! (c) Forestry Commission England

Hit in the face by a wet fish!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Plucky VY carried on and despite much twitching by the fish she was able to feed herself within a minute or so.

VP watches intently as VY eats on (c) Forestry Commission England

VP watches intently as VY eats on
(c) Forestry Commission England

VP did have a go a bit later but ate for longer when Mrs YA landed to have her own meal.

Mrs YA's meal is delayed by VP (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA’s meal is delayed by VP
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

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