We left the overview of Nest 3 last Wednesday afternoon, with Nest 1A juvenile Ayle apparently the dominant youngster and at ease on the nest. Off the nest she was probably never in that position. However, we have no footage in that period of her flying to and from the nest. Now, we have examples that show the adults are trying to prevent her landing, despite treating her as another mouth to be fed when on the nest. On 27 July Ayle took off on what, presumably, she intended to be a short flight. The resident juveniles flattened and an adult could be seen chasing Ayle away from the nest area.
Ayle tried to return to land, the adult had other ideas.
Yesterday there was a more dramatic pursuit by an adult for over 7 minutes. Paul has condensed the action into this video.
Even on the nest Ayle isn’t as dominant as she was a few days ago. She had established very quickly that she would not allow a fish to be taken from her. This clip shows a typical early reaction. It is the adult female, not a juvenile, who is rebuffed. Press HD for best quality on clips.
The day after Archer had fledged, Ayle is eating from quite a fresh fish. Yet doesn’t resist when Archer makes a move for it. Excuse Acomb for getting in the way!
Developments over the next few days will be interesting to observe.