Unfortunate update on the Manton bay nest this morning, as a couple of you may have seen from the webcam and have been concerned about the welfare of the male fledgling 056. It was observed on the nest with its siblings 055, 057 when a fish was brought in the early hours of the morning, and appeared to be fine. It didn’t feed on the fish at this point, but didn’t seem distressed or injured. At approximately 5.20AM 056 flies off the nest, leaving 055 and 057 feeding on a large roach on the nest.
056 returns shortly after, and shows a little more interest in the fish, but when he turns to the camera, we see a small red blotch on his throat.
As the morning progresses, 056 managed to feed on the fish but seemed to be struggling to swallow larger bits of food and having to throw back his head multiple times in order to get the food to go down. This might be a fish bone which has got stuck in the gular pouch (part of the throat) and is preventing food from passing, or he has sustained an injury another way and it is painful to swallow. However despite the initial injury, he repeatedly fed independently with a fish on the nest for a long time, and then was fed by Maya on the nest too.
We will be keeping an eye on his progress today and hope this is just a temporary injury which will not impede his feeding.