Nest maintenance and growing feathers

A few people have commented recently about how low the sides of the Manton Bay nest are. The camera angle exaggerates this somewhat, but it is true that 5R and his mate do not indulge in as much nest-building as most Ospreys. That said, they have been adding a few sticks to the edge of the nest today, including this awkward one. It caused the female a few problems as she attempted to get it in the right place.

If you look closely at the right hand chick in the video, you can see how the feathers in its right wing are still ‘in pin’. Over the next few weeks the feathers will develop fully, enabling the youngster to make its first flight in about four weeks’ time.