Learning to land

Now our chicks have fledged, they are spending more time exploring the bay and less time on the nest. This means visitors to the hide get amazing views, but we are sometimes left watching an empty nest on the webcam! We do get to see some action when a fish is brought to the nest though, and yesterday evening 33 delivered a headless roach at around 17.20 – of course 2AN was the first to it.

When 2AN had eaten enough, Maya then took the fish and fed 2AM.

Not for long though, as 2AN decided she hadn’t had enough and took the fish back from Maya!

This morning 33 delivered the first (and only, so far) fish of the day at 6.10.

Other than fish being delivered to the nest, it has been quite a quiet weekend if you’ve been watching the webcam! Thankfully, Field Officer John Wright has been spending time photographing the ospreys from the hide over the past few days and has provided us with some brilliant photos of our juveniles, as well as some amazing shots of Maya chasing off a cormorant and a marsh harrier! After so long watching the birds on the webcam, it’s great to be able to see what is going on from a different viewpoint.

2AM jumping

2AM jumping

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2AN with 33

2AN with 33

2AN taking off

2AN taking off

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2AN flying

2AN flying

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2AM helicoptering

2AM helicoptering

2AM attempting to land

2AM attempting to land

Juveniles

Juveniles

2AN landing

2AN landing

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Maya chasing off a cormorant!

Maya chasing off a cormorant!

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Maya and a Marsh Harrier

Maya and a Marsh Harrier

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2AN

2AN


The chicks have become incredibly competent at flying in such a short space of time – the only time you can tell they are inexperienced is when they try and land somewhere they shouldn’t. Today 2AM made a few attempts at landing on the top of the poplar trees behind the nest – they were far too flimsy to support his weight! Here he is this morning perched on the very edge of the nest.
2AM on edge

2 responses to “Learning to land”

  1. Lynn Daye

    Absolutely stunning photography.

  2. Sue Redfern

    Fabulous breathtaking photos!!