Careful of those eggs!

It’s been a much warmer day today, and we’ve even had the occasional bit of sunshine. 5R has just arrived at the nest with a trout and taken over incubation.

Earlier on, the young three year-old female 00(09), made a brief appearance at the nest. 5R, who was incubating at the time, went into defensive mode, mantling over the three eggs. It is just the type of intrusion that can lead to eggs being smashed, and as you can see in the video, it almost happened as 5R clumsily fell across the eggs, knocking into two of them in the process. Fortunately he didn’t do any damage and his mate took over incubation to allow 5R to chase the intruding female away.