Inevitably, the nest has been empty for the majority of the day today. The juveniles are getting increasingly adventurous on the wing, and thus spending more time away from the nest. During the morning 33 brought in a clump of hay, and the juveniles came to sit on the nest occasionally, probably waiting for some food!
The youngsters will always hang around the nest site, particularly when they’re hungry, as they know it’s the place fish are delivered. By midday today they were beginning to get restless, as they had not had a fish all morning. At one point 33 landed on the nest again, and T7 looked hopeful, but all he had brought was a stick. T7 was not impressed!
At around half past one, 33 eventually delivered an enormous trout, and in a sudden feathery flurry all three juveniles immediately descended upon the nest! T6 grabbed hold of the fish and stood over it defensively. 33 took off, his package delivered, and T6 set about tucking into her prize. The others stood around, waiting for their turn. To begin with they waited patiently, then they began to shout, and started sneaking closer to where T6 stood eating the fish.
Maya came along then to try and take the fish, but got chased off by T6! Aggression is often seen at this stage, when the juveniles are becoming more mature and independent. Maya didn’t take offence, just moved to the other side and stole a chunk from there! Later, T6 had had her fill so she left the fish, and T8 had his turn. It was a huge fish, and after everyone had had their turn, there was still almost half of it left!