Jostling for food!

The period between fledging and migration is a very important one for our four youngsters, exploratory flights and feeding are the order of the day.  The young will be feeding as often as possible to gain weight and be in good condition before they migrate.  33 is still bringing food for the young who are constantly food begging, if you visit us and wander down towards the nest site, you can clearly hear the fledglings demanding to be fed!

Yesterday when 33 delivered a large trout our female 054 and male 055 fledglings, were both keen to grab the morning’s catch.  o55 won that particular battle.

Earlier today the two young males, 055 and 056 were calling, in the footage they both turned around to anticipate 33’s arrival.  As he swept onto the nest, 056 immediately took the roach that had been brought in, but hardly gave his father an opportunity to let go of his catch!

As 33 struggled to release the fish, it allowed us to see how the osprey’s lanky legs, which, when fishing, allow it to reach down to a depth of almost a metre into the water as they make the strike on their prey.

All four fledglings have been seen around the nest site today with their parents and despite the tussles for food are all feeding well.