Sorry about the camera problems overnight folks- the computer which hosts the camera to the web was a wee bit overtired again- restart and a few kind words and its working again- thank goodness!
Both our chicks have now taken their exciting first flights over the last 48 hours and both have done extremely well. Instinct is a wonderful thing and both chicks flew strongly, though not very far as yet. They will often perch up somewhere close by at this stage to build up the energy to return to the nest, as long flights are still a bit beyond them- those wing muscles need a lot of conditioning.
The first chick to fly is the older and seems more confident at this stage, whereas the younger is more tentative, but this is nothing to worry about. Both have returned safely to the nest for feeding last night so there is nothing wrong with their homing instinct!