Early this morning, at approximately 07.40AM, 057, our last robust female chick on the Manton Bay nest, made her first tentative flight! Albeit to the camera perch and not much further for a while.. until about 10am when she made it to the T perch, a little further away. Reports from our keen eyed volunteer down in the hide: the rest of the offpsring are in the poplar trees just behind the nest, and have been flying well, sometimes back to the nest for a rest. All six birds have been seen in the area this morning.
Sadly we don’t have footage of 057’s fledging but what a momentous occasion for us here at Osprey HQ! After a nail-biting few months, where the fate of the fourth chick was so uncertain, we’re delighted she’s grown in to such a strong bird, and with the last bit of hesitation gone, she’s joined her siblings in the journey to becoming an independent fledgling!
Keep an eye on our social media feeds for more updates on the fledglings as they learn to fly and hone their skills!