The order of hatching at Kielder was Nest 1A, Nest 3 and Nest 2. The chicks on Nest 1A look especially big when compared with images from the other nests.
The oldest chick on Nest 3 was into the ‘dinosaur stage’ at the last visit. The third egg has not hatched but is used as a pillow by the pair at times. When the female left the nest briefly on 3 June chick 1 reared its head for a look round.
After a bit of shouting it shuffled across to the other side of the nest.
The male seems to be bringing plenty of fish.
A few minutes later…
The male sometimes feeds the youngsters.
The Nest 3 female seems more relaxed about the male feeding than EB on Nest 2, who tends to take the fish off 37 when he has offered a morsel or two.
The three chicks are markedly different sizes because they hatched relatively far apart. Chick 3 has missed out at some feeds despite holding its head as high as it can. Its energy requirements will be less because it is so much smaller.
There is usually at least one intrusion a day at Nest 2. Here is one on 3 June, the closest an intruder has come to the nest of late.
The weather forecast remains good for several days so the males should be able to hunt successfully and provide enough for their increasingly demanding offspring.