Back in action

I am extremely happy to announce that the live cameras are now working again! This means, of course, that the webcam is back online. Many thanks to Lloyd and Huw for their efforts! As expected, when the cameras came back on, the scene on the nest was one of calm normality. Of course, the Ospreys had no idea that we couldn’t see them, as they didn’t know we could in the first place! The chicks were all fast asleep, no doubt sleeping off their latest meal, and Maya was sitting at the edge of the nest with the remains of what looked like a trout.

Maya with a bit of fish

Maya with a bit of fish

Maya ever watchful

Maya ever watchful

 

33 arrived not long after, and brought a stick with him, which he dropped into the middle of the nest, before flying off.

Later on, one of the chicks became a bit restless and began moving around, and then started trying to move the stick!

Chick grabbing a stick

Chick grabbing a stick

 

33 dropped onto the nest again later, and took the remains of the fish away to eat on the T-perch.

33 drops in and takes fish

33 drops in and takes fish

 

When he’d finished his fish, 33 disappeared and then arrived at the nest with another stick! This time he moved it to a suitable location before flying off.

33 with a stick

33 with a stick

 

When he left the nest this time, he came flying up towards the visitor centre, so we all had a super view of him flying past us on his latest fishing trip! He seemed to be struggling, due to the fairly high winds, and we saw him coasting past the centre a couple of times looking resolutely and determinedly downwards. At one point, he looked as though he was going to dive, as his wings went back, and we even saw his feet come down. However, he changed his mind before he got anywhere near the water, and continued searching. 33 finally arrived back at the nest at 16:00, and he brought with him… a stick.

They all sat on the nest together for a while, then Maya took off. She arrived back at the nest a short while later, and for some reason she brought what looked like part of a dead bird with her. A pigeon? This is a very odd thing for an Osprey to bring to the nest – she certainly wasn’t going to eat it, so I can only surmise she brought it back for a bit of nest material.

Chicks with dead bird

Chicks with dead bird

 

She left the chicks with this foetid offering, whilst she went and bathed in the reservoir. When she came back to the nest, she gave the dead pigeon a confused look as if she didn’t know how on earth it had gotten there!

"What is that?!"

“What is that?!”

The wind has been quite forceful today, hence 33’s problems catching fish. This evening, Maya did her best to cover the chicks in order to keep them warm, however, they are getting very big now, and are a bit too big to brood!

Too big to brood!

Too big to brood!

Too big to brood

Maya settling in with the chicks

 

3 responses to “Back in action”

  1. Bill Hunt

    A few days ago the chicks seemed to go through the “ugly duckling” stage, but they are beginning to look like real ospreys now. The short feathers are giving us a better picture of what they will soon be, magnificent raptors! Amazing to think that in around 4 weeks they have gone from hatchlings to what we see now.

  2. Angela Foxwood

    Thank you Kayleigh for another wonderful commentary on these incredible birds. The chicks are growing so fast, and I wondered whether they will be ringed, and if so, how is the tricky task of reaching them carried out? I am enjoying watching them and so happy for Maya that this year has turned out so much better than last, for her and 33.