Saturday, 31 May 2008

Growing Strong

Our main nest Osprey chicks are today one week, nine and ten days old respectively. Volunteers and visitors alike have been amazed at how much they have grown in their first week or so- they already seem to have doubled in size. The oldest two are already loosing some of the fluffy whiteness of their initial stage and are darkening to a deeper grey.
We are very happy to report all three chicks feeding well and seeming strong. They are having many small meals a day- this morning dad brought in such a huge fish, he was able to eat half himself and still have enough for the chicks breakfast, morning tea and lunch! He even fed them himself tenderly whilst mum was away from the nest briefly.
There is no sign of the youngest chick being weaker , despite its smaller size, though sibling rivalry has started to emerge, with some squabbling between chicks. Lets hope it all stays amicable!

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