Update: Thuderstorms abound! We’ll get the system up and running again ASAP!
Our first born osprey chick has been pretty busy since fledging for the first time yesterday- no less than six flights from the nest and a few practise landings ( some better than others which can be comical!). This morning it has been away for quite some time- but don’t worry we’ve just found it perched high above the loch on the far side of the bay, getting used the new view.
With wing muscles only just getting used to all this work, chicks will often perch up somewhere nearby to rest and get the energy up to fly back to nest. Never fear though, as soon as there is even a hint of food arriving at the nest , the chick will appear as if from nowhere- sound familiar to anyone with teenage children?
The second, slightly younger chick seems to be getting ready to follow suit this morning- after an attempt this morning at about half past six. Stay Tuned!
P.S. at 9.10 am a spectacular aerial dog fight between the osprey parents and a heron who dared to come too close the nest, just shows the instinct to protect is still strong despite the chicsk being big enough to defend themselves now!
Update: at 9.40 this morning the second chick took its maiden flight- a text book one at that!