If you’ve been watching the webcam today, you’ll know that the three chicks – including this morning’s new arrival – have enjoyed regular feeds throughout the day. After this morning’s Perch, 5R brought a very large Pike to the nest which kept his new family satisfied for much of the afternoon. Although very weak at first, the youngest chick – which only hatched this morning – has grown visibly stronger during the day and is now a match for its siblings at feeding time. Here’s the moment it received its first piece of fish from Mum earlier today; its the furthest left of the three chicks.
At this stage of the season it is usually only the female who feeds the chicks, but this afternoon 5R offered some of the Pike to them too. As this video shows, however, they were so full of fish that none of them were interested! It was great to watch, though!