Monday, 8 June 2009

Growing Bairns

Our three delightful Osprey chicks are all doing well, with oldest being a week old today. All three seem strong and healthy, and are happily feeding in turns.

There has been some squabbling, with the oldest chick being rather bossy, even having a go at its mum this morning. However, the smallest chick who was born late on Thursday, despite being much smaller, is holding its own.

The chicks are more distinct from each other than usual, with the eldest being the largest and palest, the middle one being noticeably darker and having more head stripes, and the youngest noticeably smaller.

All three will soon begin changing colours, growing a little darker grey and developing the odd 'roadstripe' white marking down their backs that typifies this next stage. Turn your back for a day and baby ospreys change colour on you!

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