Roach o’clock

It never ceases to amaze me how fast Osprey grow and this year is no exception. If you’ve been watching the webcam today, you’ll have probably noticed that the two eldest chicks are quickly loosing their down and replacing it with feathers. Being three days younger, the third chick is noticeably smaller and more downy, but there is no need to worry; 5R is providing so much fish that it always gets a good meal. At this stage in the chicks short lives, an age gap of three days makes a great deal of difference in terms of size and development, but the youngster will quickly catch up over the coming weeks.

Roach has been the fish of choice at the nest over the past couple of days and that has continued today. At lunchtime 5R delivered a superb Roach to the nest which his mate eagerly took off him to feed to her growing offspring.