STOP PRESS: Second chick hatched at around 7.50pm on Friday!
After yesterdays excitement we’re all rather exhausted, but very very happy to have welcomed another healthy osprey chick into the world. The chick hatched amazingly quickly and appears to be very strong- opening its eyes very quickly, and begging for food within a couple hours.
It is amazingly hard for a wee chick to hold its much too large head up for long- and descriptions of the chick as a ‘bobblehead’ are amusingly accurate. Like any young animal it needs to spend a lot of time sleeping, and needs feeds little and often- the tiny portions of raw fish mum has been serving are ideal.
We all have to agree that the male stepped up his game BIG TIME yesterday- five fish no less- so we all have to give him credit and thank heavens that his paternal instinct seems to have kicked in.
Lets hope the wee ones second day in the world is as successful- it will surely be just as fascinating.
Update: There is a hole in the 2nd egg!!! Hold on everyone, here we go again!
*Camera update* We seem to be having few issues with the camera connection to the web, so I have put the webcam over to the night cam while I have a play about with cables, so you won’t get any close ups for a bit. Sorry for the inconvenience folks, I’ll do my best to get it back on ASAP!
Update again! Camera back on line, but you get some disturbance throughout the day. I think it may be something to do with the machine over-heating so I’m off to find a fan to keep it cool!