Over the last few days Maya and 33 have been role-model parents to their brood of four. During daylight hours Maya has been consistently feeding the chicks by tearing off morsels of fish that the little ones are able to swallow.
33 has increased his number of daily fishing trips, offering a colourful variety of fish including roach, perch and something looking like it was from a garden heist!
There is already a visible size difference between the first and last hatched chick as demonstrated in a Sound of Music fashion below .
The first two chicks seem to be fed more frequently however Maya is consciously moving around the nest or leaning in to feed the smallest (most recently hatched) chick.
One of the larger sized chicks is already strong enough to leave the nest cup!
Today 33 has been conscious coupling, and looked as if he was helping Maya share the feeding duties!
However, having four demanding chicks has not swayed 33’s from his first love…
It is still quite rare to see ospreys raise four strong chicks ready for migration by early September but so far so good, these two parents are something special.