Nest 1A in sun and rain

The weather at Kielder has been damp and often misty for the last three days but the four chicks on Nest 1A are thriving and starting to look like ospreys. Feeding time is still a largely a peaceful affair with chick 1 sometimes eating last.

Chick 1 is last to eat but didn't have an empty crop! (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 is last to eat but didn’t have an empty crop!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Although on 10 June chick 1 pulled chick 4 back as hunger won over manners!

There is occasional bullying but less on Nest 1A than Nest 2. Mostly they just sleep between meals or look at the world outside the nest. There is more preening now their feathers are appearing.

Doze time for some (c) Forestry Commission England

Doze time for somebody
(c) Forestry Commission England

Doze time for all (c) Forestry Commission England

Doze time for all
(c) Forestry Commission England

Feeds can last over an hour now but many are about 30-40 minutes long. Yesterday Mrs YA polished off the tail of one fish exactly an hour after it had been delivered by YA.

All gone! (c) Forestry Commission England

All gone!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Finally a video where chick 4 manages to snatch a bite destined for chick 2. That feed was around four hours after the previous one.

All four chicks line up when there has been a significant gap between meals but often they eat every couple of hours and one or two of them sleep on for a bit before joining the queue!

 

 

 

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