The weather was much better today! This is what we’d like more of, a lovely bit of sunshine. There has been a slight breeze too, which has encouraged the juveniles to get up and flap their wings! They have all been doing a lot of jumping up and down today, lifting a lot higher above the nest than we’ve seen so far! With three large juveniles on the nest, and sometimes the adults too, it often gets very crowded, but they appear to be very good at taking it in turns to spread their wings. Earlier today, T8 was having a good flap, then T6 decided it was her turn so T8 stopped to give her space.
Then later T7 joined in.
This morning 33 delivered a very tiny perch to the nest, which T8 held onto for a while, before Maya got impatient and took it from him. T8 and T7 had a feed, but T6 was much more interested in jumping around!
Then this afternoon 33 brought in another small fish, this time a pike. The juveniles were clearly not that hungry today, and rarely are as they are all very patient when fish are delivered and often don’t seem very interested. 33 has certainly done a tremendous job of fishing for them!
The young ospreys are becoming more adventurous and seem to be more interested in preparing to fledge than eating. Perhaps they’re not happy being stuck on the nest all the time anymore, and get the feeling that there is more out there and they want to discover it. All that flapping sometimes makes them tired, though, and they still spend a fair bit of time lying down!