Growing more alike

For the first few weeks of their life, we could easily tell our osprey chicks apart – with the chicks being a few days apart in age, there was a definite size difference. It’s become much harder to tell them apart this week, so it’s great that they have their new leg rings to help! As they grow they are also becoming more independent, and have made increasing attempts over the past couple of days to feed themselves – although they still definitely prefer Maya to feed them when she lands on the nest!

Yesterday 33 brought a large trout to the nest (as Maya chased off an intruding bird in the background!). This fish lasted our family a while, with the chicks still eating trout for breakfast this morning.

There was still a lot of trout skin left over after the chicks had finished their first feed today – it didn’t look very appealing but Maya took care of it, gulping back a huge bit in one go.

33 then brought in the first fish of the day at 6.26am – a roach this time.

We’ve had a few good sticks coming in to the nest, including an awkward one which both chicks helped to manouvre into place.

Other than stick moving and fish eating, our chicks are spending a lot of the day sleeping, and dedicating an increasing amount of time to wing beating – sometimes even practicing in the middle of the night! It won’t be long now wbefore they are ‘helicoptering’ – taking off vertically from the nest and landing back down again.

2 responses to “Growing more alike”

  1. Rolf Wahl

    Hi my friends at Rutland. You really have some interesting videos from your camera, perfectly installed.
    Over here in central France, we have this year two webcams. The first one, also very well installed, had the bad chance recently to get “e-mailed” by one of the chicks, hitting just the camera lens perfectly to reduce the image and blur it.
    On the other web cam on a power pylon, the birds built up the nest so high so images show 2/3 of the nest and 1/3 of the birds..

    1. Holly Hucknall

      Paul says:
      Rolf you need to plan as we do at Rutland Water.Will have to come to Germany and show you how it is done.
      Our best regards from all at the Rutland Project. We have eight nests this year and we hope to ring about 16 Chicks.