Saturday, 7 June 2008

Growing Fast

Our three Osprey chicks are growing very fast indeed, already leaving behind their fluffy pale down and taking on a dark grey , striped look. They have already tripled in size in their first two weeks or so, and seem to grow before our very eyes!
All three chicks are feeding well- though Dad has taken to bringing in some fish alive which is a bit of a challenge. They are also getting rather more mobile and restless and one chick in particular is proving rather adventurous. It keeps wandering in the nest, trying to get out of the deep centre 'cupped' area, and Mum has to keep manoeuvring herself between it and the nest edge to prevent a nasty accident!
The female Ospreys parenting skills never cease to amaze us- as well as keeping her chicks shielded from this weeks occasional down pours, she has, on hot days, been placing herself carefully to provide shade for her chicks. What tender and attentive parents Ospreys are.

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