What an exciting day! There has been so much action on the nest, I’ve hardly been able to take my eyes off it! As Tim reported yesterday, the three Manton Bay chicks are getting more and more confident with the use of their wings, and have been fervently flapping all day! They are eager to put their wings to use, now that they are getting better at controlling them. Today, they have been hovering higher and higher above the nest, and have often disappeared out of view of the camera – even the wide angle one!
Now that they are fully grown, the nest is rather crowded, particularly when all of the chicks are trying to flap at the same time! Maya and 33 are spending less and less time on the nest with them now, although Maya is still feeding the chicks when 33 delivers fish. These days, the adult birds spend most of their time on the T-perch or the French perch. Here is a nice shot of them sitting together on the T-perch this afternoon.
It definitely won’t be long until the first juvenile takes to the air. Who will it be? Today, S1 and S2 have been the ones who have made the most effort with the wing exercising. S3 gave it a go, but she looked rather more unsteady than the other two. Here, you can see S3 flap her wings and wobble a bit, then S1 shows her sister how it’s done!
Here we have S2 having a go.
This afternoon, we got very excited, as it really looked for all the world like S1 was going to go! She sat right on the edge of the nest, leaning forwards and looking interested, then she took off and hovered above the nest at varying heights, and she stayed up in the air for ages!
Alas, it’s still too soon, and she didn’t quite do it. She does, however, keep on sitting on the very edge of the nest, facing into the wind, looking down… will she be the one to take that first courageous leap and fledge the nest first? She is looking the most likely, that’s for sure.