First day of flying school

An exciting day yesterday as we witnessed 057, the fourth and final chick on the manton bay nest, take to the… camera perch for the first time and spread her wings in flight. She joined her siblings near the poplar trees, and made frequent visits back to the safety of the nest. The evening took a slightly deluged turn as she and one of her siblings hunkered down to sleep in the rain..

In the early hours of the morning, all four siblings came back to convene on the nest, for a brief rest prior to the day ahead, spent learning the ropes of being an Osprey, flying maneuvers and aerial acrobatics.

We then start to see 057 returning multiple times to the nest as she attempts short flights in the area, as her siblings did before. Her landing skills have improved a lot since the helicoptering last week!

The highlight of the morning came, however, when 057 was enjoying a rest, spreading out in the nest which she had all to herself… and she was shortly joined by a fish-bearing 33, and the rest of her siblings, which ruined her nap completely!

It is so good to see all the birds returning well to the nest and watching them eat well, in the video above, 055, our oldest male, is really getting stuck into feeding himself from the catches that 33 and Maya bring in. This is all essential practice for what lies ahead: a long migration, and having to feed themselves for the first time in unfamiliar territory!
Stay tuned for fledgling fun and frolics!

One response to “First day of flying school”

  1. Carol Smalley

    Great to catch up on these beautiful birds, they were so exciting to watch, as they kept creeping towards the edge of the nest ready to make their maiden flight. So glad they have all finally fluttered their wings