As migration approaches for the juveniles they are being supplied with ample fish, especially on Nest 1. When they leave on their first migration they are likely to weigh more than they ever will again. There is no evidence that the Nest 1 and 2 youngsters have caught fish for themselves – this is the norm – so they need plenty of reserves for those first days of independence from the fish bank of dad.
The Nest 1 and 2 nestcams stream for 10 hours a day starting at 09.00 so an early fish delivery is probably missed – quite often a part fish is visible on the nest as streaming starts. But the number of observed fish deliveries has risen in the last few days.
On Nest 1 both juveniles are usually present when YA arrives with a trout and even when VY (who is bigger than VP) takes it first, VP nearly always snatches it off her. This video clip is typical!
Even when VP has been eating for at least 20 minutes if VY tries to take the fish VP will resist.
VY does get plenty of food. She ate for over 2 hours with very few pauses on Tuesday when she was there alone and YA brought a good sized trout.
But in the last couple of days YA has excelled and brought in two fish in well under an hour so neither juvenile has had to wait long for a meal.
The Calvert Trust and Northumberland Wildlife Trust teamed up for the first time this year for evening motorboat cruises which resulted in great sightings. Last night the two Trusts laid on a buffet and cruise as a ‘thank you’ to the NWT volunteers who staffed Osprey Watch and also acted as spotters/guides on the cruises.
There were a couple of sightings of an osprey early in the cruise but the highlight was soon after we arrived below Nest 1 and through binoculars we followed YA flying away from the area and over the bay. After an aborted dive he went under the water for at least 10 seconds and emerged with a trout. He flew slowly and low back towards the nest – that was his catch for VY who was ready and waiting.
Rubbish photo, fantastic memory!