Over the past few days we’ve been eagerly anticipating hatching at the Manton Bay nest, and this morning it happened.
At 8:22 Maya stood up to reveal that a chick had started to emerge from one of the eggs. The views were frustratingly brief, but we managed to get a short piece of video of the magical moment when we saw the tiny youngster for the first time.
As the morning progressed Maya continued to brood the youngster, sheltering it from a cold northerly wind. By late morning the chick was fully out of its shell.
Soon afterwards 33 came to the nest to have look, giving Maya the chance to stretch her wings.
Although very weak at first, by mid-afternoon the young chick was strong enough to hold it’s head up. Here’s a nice close-up. As you’ll see, it already looks like an Osprey!