Well it has been another amazing day! This weekend has been full of them! It’s days like these we’ll never forget, days when everything is so unbelievably perfect that life couldn’t possibly be any better. Often, we are enjoying it so much we don’t even want to go home… speaking of which, here is a video of Maya feeding the chicks early this morning on the infra-red camera!
If you were watching the webcam around 16:30 this afternoon, you will know what the most exciting moment of the day was – the hatching of the third chick! This morning, at around 08:30, we noticed a hole in the third egg. Naturally, we assumed it wouldn’t be long until the chick popped out. However, we learned patience today as the chick did not emerge from its shell until just before we closed! Maya had been up and down throughout the day, feeding the chicks and turning the egg. We saw that the hole had grown, and even saw a bit of beak poking its way through at one point!
That wasn’t the moment, though. Maya sat back down, and we waited a while longer. Then, eventually, it happened… Maya rose to her feet, and at them the third egg lay, almost completely in half. A moment later, the little chick broke out of the shell and into the air! It was a beautiful moment, and the centre was full of excited, happy people!
Soon after the chick hatched, Maya got up and went to the huge roach 33 had delivered to the nest earlier. The two older chicks immediately turned to her and begged for food, but the youngest was less interested and just lay quietly behind them. This newest chick is still too young to feed, it cannot hold its head up properly yet. Looking at the three of them together, you can see how much the other two have grown in just a couple of days. It won’t be long until their sibling catches up with them.
Not long after, 33 arrived at the nest, and sat watching Maya feed the chicks, looking down at them inquisitively.
33 is a great Osprey, and is fast getting the hang of this fatherhood lark. He has been providing fish frequently – so much so that, earlier in the day, Maya was sitting next to two half-eaten fish, as there was just too much to manage!
Needless to say, the chicks have been fed numerous times today on several different fish – roach, pike, you name it! Roach does appear to be 33’s fish of choice recently, and he has caught some monsters! This proves that 33 is going to have no trouble catching enough fish to feed his family. There will never be a shortage of food for the Manton Bay Ospreys!