It loves its fish so every chance Mary LOL Last year 057, the fourth chick and also had a huge appetite, was forward and it had a go very early. I do think #4 is female btw :-)
Meantime, checking the nest and Maya is giving the chicks a top up. And as we have come to expect, #4 is in front :-D
07:40 33 arrives. The chicks are beginning to get full
07:42 33 flies off and #4 manages another bit :-D
07:45 Feed over. All chicks lying down - full
07:47 well I thought the feed was over but LOL #4 keeps mum company and has another bit :-D
07:51 Feed now over. Maya moves from the fish and cleans up
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I wont be around much today so happy viewing and I'll catch up later. BFN
09.50 Aran flew off, and Maya began to feed. None is very enthusiastic at the moment.
With the caveat I may have got No1 and 2 muddled: # 2 is lying near Maya and able to take beakful. Then #1. #2 is mobile and sitting up!
#4 looks up with its back to Maya, lying between #1 and #2, but shows no interest.
That top-up was sufficient for those able to taken on board some more, and now Maya has her turn
She is in no hurry to keep them warm. The sunshine may be misleading. 70+ miles south it is very wind and quite chilly compared to recent days.
#4 is lying between #1 and #2, and not interested in more food at the moment
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I've been watching on/off this morning but unable to post any updates since I last posted until now.
07:47 Maya gave the chicks a top up
08:34 More fish
08:38 close up of the chicks's and their napes/feathers
09:12 Maya hunkered down shielding the chicks best she can
09:31 33 arrives, Maya rises and a gust catches her! The wind is strong!!
09:35 33 eyes up the fish and #4 gets up
33 picks up the fish - #4 is watching him!
#4 looks up at dad while watching "its" fish
and 33 flies off with it!!
09:57 close up of one of the older chicks as it has a little flap
11:01 33 and Maya watch over the chicks
11:13 33 Mantling and looking up along with Maya
unseen threat passed quickly
12:51 Maya watching over the chicks
and currently [13:22) shielding them from the wind
The nest looks quite bare with very few sticks around it! And this wind has not helped. 33, as well as fishing, has quite a bit of work to do bringing in more sticks and building up the edges.
Must go again - BFN
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