Yesterday’s heat made fishing quite difficult for our male ospreys, but as we anticipated many of them waited until the temperature had cooled and went out later in the evening, and three were seen on last night’s osprey cruise!
The cruise left Whitwell at 19:00 and two ospreys were seen almost immediately, attempting to fish in the main basin. Later on, after a steady chug around the reservoir seeing the sights, another osprey flew past the boat, at very close quarters! The next five cruises are sold out, but there are several more in July and August. The next cruise with availability is on Wednesday 19th July at 18:00. Click here for more information.
Due to the heat, 33 went fishing quite late yesterday evening and brought in a nice big roach just before 9pm. This fish was eaten by all four ospreys, but there was still some left on the nest overnight!
This morning, we witnessed the chicks feeding themselves for the first time – another sign that they are maturing well. At five weeks old they should be ready and able to hold onto a fish whilst pulling morsels off to eat, without having to be fed by the female. Today both of the chicks were seen capably doing just that!
Of course, the chicks still allow themselves to be fed occasionally!
It’s been so hot today there hasn’t been an awful lot of action. Having said that, though, 33 did bring in a big stick at 13:50! As is usual with 33 and sticks, he did struggle a bit with it! First of all he dropped it on the neck of one of the chicks, then he and Maya tried to position it together, eventually managing to put it somewhere suitable.
Moving that stick must have made them rather hot, and that was the only real action that occurred on the nest today. Maya has spent most of the day sitting on the nest with her wings slightly away from her body, trying to keep cool, with the chicks attempting to huddle under her to find shade. 33 will probably leave fishing until later in the evening again.
Last night was a hot one, too. We captured this image of one of the chicks sleeping with her wing splayed out – I wonder if this is akin to having one leg outside the covers!