Wow, what a glorious day it has been! Instead of having to cover the chicks to keep them dry during the rain, Maya has had to shade them with her shadow today to keep them cool. Over the past few days 33 has once again been raiding a stash of roach in the reservoir. Monday morning’s was arguably the largest – as you can see from the video below, it was a bit of a whopper!
33 delivered the fish at 07:52, and Maya immediately fed some of it to the chicks. As it was so big they didn’t eat very much, and 33 came back for it at 08:16.
Later that same day he brought another rather large roach!
Yesterday morning, 33 brought in a lovely roach at 10:52. It didn’t all go to plan though! As it wasn’t quite dead, when he landed on the nest and let go of it, it managed to flap itself off the nest before Maya could grab it, and Maya and 33 just gazed bemusedly after it!
Seven minutes later, 33 appeared to spot something in the water and he took off the nest, then 13 seconds later he arrived back with a wriggling roach! We think it must be the same one that fell off the nest. 33 must have somehow injured it, making it unable to make a getaway.
Later in the evening 33 brought yet another roach in.
Today has not seen a lack of fish, either. At 12:46 33 delivered a live roach to the nest, which jumped about a bit before being grabbed by Maya.
Then at 14:28 he delivered a rather large pike. The chicks didn’t really seem that interested in it though. Perhaps they have had so much fish recently they just weren’t hungry! However, during the afternoon both of them had several short feeds from it.
There is certainly no food shortage for these two chicks, who are clearly thriving. Just look at how much the older one has changed since the weekend, and how much the smaller one has grown!