Forever young

The chicks have grown so much during the past week and a half, and they seem to look a bit different every day! On the two larger chicks, the fluffy buff down is being slowly replaced by a darker hue. As they age, all of the chicks will gradually become darker and darker, and then their feathers will start pushing through the down at about three weeks old. They are also getting bolder and more adventurous, they are shuffling round a lot more, have ventured out of the nest cup a few times, and are even attempting to stand up!

The chicks have changed a lot since hatching

The chicks have changed a lot since hatching

 

They certainly don’t stay young for long – their rate of development is amazingly fast. It won’t long before their juvenile plumage has come through… but let’s not think about that just yet! We must enjoy every second while it lasts.

The weather has improved significantly today, making it a much more comfortable day for our Ospreys. Maya has been off the chicks a lot today, and has even had to shade them from the sun. As the chicks cannot regulate their own temperature yet, she must ensure they are kept warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. Therefore, if it’s a sunny day, Maya positions herself so that her shadow shades the chicks from the sun’s glare.

Maya shading the chicks

Maya shading the chicks

 

Another large fish was brought in by 33 this morning, and again it has lasted the Ospreys most of the day. They were feeding from this fish when we first got in this morning.

Feed at 8am

Feed at 8am

Feed at 8am

Feed at 8am

 

As per the usual routine, 33 came back for the fish later, and took it away to the T-perch.

33 with the fish

33 with the fish

 

With no fish around to feed the chicks, and no need to brood them in the ambient warmth, Maya decided to do a bit of nest rearranging. The only problem was, the stick she was determined to move would not yield!

Maya trying to move the stick

Maya trying to move the stick

 

Eventually, she did manage to get the stick to a more suitable position! 33 brought the fish back soon after, and Maya fed the chicks again.

33 brings the fish back

33 brings the fish back

Another feed from the same fish

Another feed from the same fish

 

Whilst the chicks were sleeping off their latest serving of fish, Maya left them for a minute to stretch her wings and wash her feet. While she was out, she grabbed a couple of sticks and brought them back to the nest, where she carefully placed them where she wanted.

Maya

Maya

 

2 responses to “Forever young”

  1. Bill Hunt

    How exciting is this? It’s like someone has done fast forward on the chicks..they’re suddenly walking around the nest…OK, wobbling around the nest, but isn’t it amazing to see. I only get short spells of watching but it’s totally addictive….Whenever I have a spare moment I like to “check in”. We definitely have to enjoy this while we can, they are growing up so quickly!! The blogs are brilliant, thanks Kayleigh and team!

  2. Bill Hunt

    I see feather quills popping out……every day brings another exciting discovery…. it’s almost like being in the nest with them at times…not sure I could eat raw fish every day, but those little ospreys don’t seem to mind!! Who needs TV when we have OspreyCam…..