Monday, 9 June 2008

A Loving Father

Our Osprey Dad has this week been demonstrating his extreme devotion to his parental duties and to his DIY. Not only has he been bringing in four or more fish a day to feed his family , including one very large pike, but he has been bringing in yet more sticks and moss to the nest. It is almost comical watching how he brings in fresh bedding material, artfully arranges it ( sometimes misguidedly on top of the chicks) and as soon as his back is turned, Mum rearranges it to her satisfaction! On one day this week, Mum returned from a quick trip away to find he had nearly buried the chicks in sticks, and it wasn't even raining!

His obsession with DIY it seems, is already passing to his offspring who have been seen lately moving small sticks around the nest themselves, perhaps trying to make things more comfortable, or perhaps just imitating their parents. All three chicks continue to be hale and hearty, so don't miss their cute early days- they'll soon be bigger than you realise!

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