Love every day

What an idyllic life Osprey chicks have. They have food, shelter, warmth and protection, and all they do all day is eat and sleep! They have eaten well again today, another huge roach that 33 caught lasted them almost all day! He landed on the T-perch with the roach at about 08:15, and stayed there with it for an hour. Maya started to get impatient, and actually flew off the nest and went to sit by him for a bit, as if to hurry him along! Whatever she said to him worked, as he then flew off the perch and landed on the nest with the fish, seconds after Maya did, as you can see from the video below.

Maya and 33 on T-perch

Maya and 33 on T-perch

Both adults and chicks

Both adults and chicks

 

All three of the chicks have been fed in turn today, Maya is very good sharing it out between them. To begin with it looked like the youngest chick was stuck behind its siblings and wasn’t getting any food, but later on Maya was seen to lean around the other two and feed the little one. There is no chance there’ll ever be a lack of food for these chicks, all three will be very well fed, without a doubt! 

Maya feeds chicks

Maya feeds chicks

Tiny one gets some

Tiny one gets some

More food

More food

 

Along with all the fish, 33 also brought in a stick today, which he very nearly dropped on top of the chicks! Maya moved it out of the way later, to a more suitable location.

33 with the chicks

33 with the chicks

Three chicks

Three chicks and a stick

These three chicks do not know how fortunate they are. They are very lucky to have been born in a place where food is abundant, to a father who catches fish with speed and ease, and to an experienced mother who is so very caring and efficient.

The chicks will grow large and strong, and it won’t take long. Every day they will look a little bit different. It will be fantastic to watch them growing up! However, before we know it, it will have happened… so we must treasure every single moment of this precious time!

Maya and her sleeping chicks

Maya and her sleeping chicks

 

Don’t forget to watch Springwatch tonight folks, to learn all about the super-Osprey 03(97), who is the father of 33, and the grandfather of 33’s first ever chicks. 8pm on BB2!

All five

All five

 

 

5 responses to “Love every day”

  1. Jennifer Rhodes

    Saw these beautiful birds when we visited The Gambia I just loved to watch them fishing .Now seeing them at Rutland nesting is brilliant to see .I hope everything goes well 33and Maya are doing a great job thank you for the videos

  2. BecOwl

    Lovely blog and clips of Maya feeding the chicks. What a great nest to watch . Fantastic to see ROP, Mr Rutland and some of his dynasty on Springwatch too.

  3. Iain Moody

    Mesmerising to watch Maya feeding her chicks each in turn, & attending to their comfort by moving the stick that Daddy brought to the nest. If only my husband could learn a few of Maya’s housekeeping tips!!! Thankyou Kayleigh for your continued interesting blogs.

  4. Suzie

    Kayleigh … firstly thank you so much for your updates!
    I simply love to watch the nest … and would do so all day … quite happily … if pesky ‘daily life’ didn’t keep getting in the way!
    The darling, little chick seems so vulnerable and I have yet to see it getting any fish at all … are we absolutely certain that it is being fed???? My heart goes out to it every time I see the older two at the front being somewhat greedy!