Ugly or just ungainly?

If you’ve been watching the webcam today, you’ll know the Manton Bay chicks are getting more and more active. Up until now they have been largely confined to the middle of the nest, but now two weeks old, they are starting to take more notice of their surroundings. Their feathers – particularly on their head – are really starting to develop too, making them look much more like ‘proper’ Ospreys. Today, with the nest bathed in warm sunshine for the first time in a while, they have been panting in order to keep cool.

As today’s video shows, both chicks have reached the ‘ungainly’ stage, with their large feet out of proportion with the rest of their body. Its particularly noticeable on the older of the two chicks – click on the video here to see what I mean.