The last post on Nest 3 reported that young male Blue VR was looking keen to fledge on 17 July. Within about 4 hours of watching him helicoptering in gusty winds he had flown for the first time. In the 15.00 clip only sister Blue VH is on the nest, guarding her meal!
VH did some modest exercise that day. Press HD for best quality on the videos.
She probably didn’t fledge until the afternoon or early evening of 18 July. In footage at 17.00 she was pondering on the nest edge.
She had definitely fledged by the evening.
The recording shut down soon after that flight but this is probably VH flying back towards the nest.
Since then the recordings haven’t shown much activity. Eating is still important!
Today VH was eating again, alone initially, but then VR arrived.
He wasn’t on the nest long.
Now the pair have several weeks to hone their flight skills and increase their reserves by feeding on the nutritious Rainbow Trout before they embark on their first migration.