Thursday, 24 July 2008

The Week Has Flown Past

My apologies for the delay in posting this week- its been a busy one! All three of our chicks have fledged this week and there has been plenty of action on the nest. Our oldest chick fledged a week ago today, and is strong and confidently flying now. The second chick flew on Sunday afternoon- 4pm seems to be the fashionable time for a young chick to lift off! The smallest chick flew on Tuesday to the great cheers of those watching.

The scariest and funniest moments have undoubtedly been landings - on Monday for example, the second chick landed literally on top of his brother, who had flattened himself to try to get out of the way- very undignified!

All three chicks are still spending most of their time on the nest however, with fish being brought in most days by mum and dad. Dad especially has taken to delivering fish and dumping them in the nest for the chicks to feed themselves. When mum appeared yesterday with a fish however, they lined up to beg like babies for her to feed them despite now being more than capable of shredding the fish themselves. Talk about spoilt!

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