Baby love

You’ve got to love Osprey chicks! Unlike many other baby birds, young Ospreys are not pink and ugly, they’re furry and cute! It’s great that they are born with the eye-stripe already in place, making them look like they’re wearing masks. They are a bit wobbly to begin with, and flop around a bit, but already we can see how much they have grown since they hatched, both chicks are looking bigger and stronger, and have no trouble holding their heads up.

Cute chicks

Cute chicks

 

Osprey chicks grow incredibly quickly, and in seven weeks will be adult size! This fast rate of growth is due to their diet of pure protein, and they have been very well fed today! Early this morning, Maya got up and fed them the rest of a perch that was brought in even earlier. She seemed to be doling out food in equal proportions to both chicks.

Feeding chick one

Feeding chick one

Feeding chick two

Feeding chick two

 

Later in the morning, 33 brought back a huge roach, and there was plenty to go round! 33 ate a bit first, then delivered it to the nest, where Maya took it from him and fed the chicks. I’ll never get over how delicate they are when they’re feeding the chicks, and never tire of watching them! 33 watched her for a while, then left to sit atop his favourite perch and keep an eye from there.

33 arrives with fish

33 arrives with fish

Maya feeds the chicks

Maya feeds the chicks

 

The roach was so big they couldn’t possibly finish it in one go, and, when the chicks had had their fill, Maya left it on the side of the nest. She went back to it a couple of times later on, and fed the chicks again. Then 33 came along and took the rest of it off to the T-perch.

Feeding chicks again

Feeding chicks again

 

Maya continued to brood the chicks throughout the day – she knows she must ensure they are kept warm. She also must incubate the third and final egg – it could hatch any minute now!

Maya and chicks

Maya and chicks

 

 

3 responses to “Baby love”

  1. Margaret

    Thanks for the lovely blog Kayleigh – plus the wonderful photos. I love this osprey family! I was at Manton Bay on the day that Maya laid her second egg, and now I’m looking forward to a return visit in July.

  2. Cirrus

    Trying yet again to post a reply.
    Wonderful Blog, thank you Kayleigh. So very grateful for this happpy nest free from crisis

  3. Andy

    And #3 hatches, hurrah! Two half fish in the nest earlier with Maya brooding, now only one left with Maya feeding the first two chicks, the latest chick being a bit too new and floppy to join in. 33 has just arrived to supervise 😉

    It’s a very sweet sight.