Yesterday morning we reported that T6 had been looking severely unwell on the nest. The young female had spent over 12 hours with her eyes closed and head drooped. She continued in that vein for much of the day, apparently unable to move.
During situations like this it is always very tempting to try and intervene but we felt that in this case it was too risky to do so. There was every chance that if we approached the nest that T6 would take-off; which given the nest’s location over water, was a situation we wanted to avoid.
During the course of the day it became clear that rather than suffering from an illness, T6 may actually have injured her right foot. She appeared unable to put any weight on it and it was severely limiting her movement. This meant that whenever 33 landed on the nest with fish, her siblings beat her to the fish.
Despite going the whole day without fish, T6 was showing signs of improvement by yesterday evening. She seemed much more alert and made several short flights after 8pm.
Today T6 has continued to show small signs of improvement, making short flights between the nest and nearby T perches. The problem is that, like yesterday, she remains unsteady on her feet meaning she has missed out on fish when they have been brought to the nest.
What was needed was for Maya to feed T6, and that’s exactly what happened at 4:30, when she arrived on the nest with the remains of a fish. Unfortunately this didn’t amount to very much, but it did at least ensure that T6 had some nourishment.
We’re hopeful that if T6 is fed by Maya later this evening and tomorrow, that she will continue to improve. We’ll be sure to keep monitoring the situation closely.