Fast forward

Watching young osprey chicks over 24 hours, or less at key times, always leaves a sense of awe at the speed of growth.

Chick 1 on Nest 2 is just entering the ‘dinosaur phase’ when the buff down is replaced by darker woolly down. Ospreys’ skin is dark too. Here are two images from today of 10 day old chick 1 on Nest 2.

chick 1 (at the rear) is changing…
(c) Forestry Commission England

… 6 hours later
(c) Forestry Commission England

The rear view is even more striking.

how much darker tomorrow?
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks on Nest 4 are much younger but change is evident in them also. Chick 3 hatched yesterday late afternoon. There was no feed before the streaming stopped at 20.00. This morning was a wet one and there were a few short feeds in between showers.

This was the first piece of fish chick 3 received on camera. It had been calling for food for a couple of minutes. It was last to be fed, normal behaviour by the parents, no cause for concern.

hurray, food!
(c) Forestry Commission England

By early afternoon chick 3 was accepting large morsels for a ‘less than 1 day old’ chick.

chick 3 eats a large piece of trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

The weather forecast for Kielder is reasonable for the weekend, perhaps some showers at worst. More ‘fast forward’ growth, we hope.

 

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