Now that the chicks are six weeks old, they are going to be doing a great deal of wing flapping and helicoptering over the next week, in preparation for fledging. There was quite a lot of energetic flapping occurring today, and even a bit of jumping up and down! It was T7 doing most of it this morning, then later on T6 had a good flap, whilst holding onto the nest material with her talons.
We’ve seen the chicks eating fish by themselves a few times now, the first time it was witnessed was just before they were five weeks old. Today it was T6 who took the initiative with the rather large trout that 33 delivered. Maya wasn’t there at the time, so 33 left the fish on the nest and flew off, leaving the chicks to it. They didn’t really seem that hungry or interested, at first T8 had a little nibble, but T7 was more interested in flapping. After a while T6 got stuck in.
One of the chicks, T7, did have a bit of a problem with a piece of fish skin a few days ago, she couldn’t seem to work out how to eat it! The skin is quite tough, and when Maya feeds the chicks she usually pulls the best, fleshy bits off for them and eats the difficult bits like the skin herself, so they are not used to it yet.