It is 11:36 on the Port Lincoln Osprey Nest and Mom is still waiting for Dad to bring in a fish. I have peeked but, she is up and waiting and hopeful. The chicks are behaving themselves. That is a relief. I don’t know what will happen when the fish does arrive on the nest. Thinking positive!
What is very noticeable is the change in appearance of the two older osplets from yesterday. They have really lost that light down and are quickly transitioning to the reptile stage. That is part of the reason that they might have looked ‘skinny’ to some on those days when they were full with crops.
- Big Bob. 13 September. 22:03
- Middle Bob. 14 September. 02:30
- Little Bob. 16 September. 00:51
Little Bob still has the light down. It is difficult to distinguish between big and Middle sometimes but I believe that the chick on the left is Big Bob and the one on the right, Middle Bob.
Oh, joy. 11:44:35. It looks like the chicks are anticipating a feeding.
And it looked like shadows of parents moving. Sadly, the camera angle is focused here and we cannot see for sure. I really hope that there has been a fish delivery. These three are behaving themselves but they are really, really hungry ——– and so is Mom!
Fish? No Fish? I think that I am full of anxiety as I watch these three. They are not fighting. They are waiting. Is there food for them?
It is 12:13 on the nest. If a fish was caught, it has not come to the nest nor have the chicks been fed. Mom is calling loudly.
They are still waiting for lunch. Look at the image above and notice where Little Bob is. Now look at where he has gone in anticipation of a fish delivery.
The view from the nest.
Mom is working hard to keep them focused on her so they will not fight.
The real fish finally came in. 12:46:07. Mom does not need to do the fake feeding anymore!
Little Bob is curled up. No doubt they are hungry and their energy is depleted. There is enough fish for everyone. He can wait and let the others get theirs first.
This is very unusual for Little Bob. He is normally up at the table immediately. Big Bob has come up to eat. Wake up Little!
Little Bob came around! You can see his crop getting fuller through the sequence of images. Look at that crop on Middle Bob who is on the left. Then Big Bob and then Little Bob.
It is a nice fish. Mom really needs to eat too. I hope she fills these three up until they pop.
Everyone is happy and behaving themselves. That is also a relief after the earlier skirmishes around dawn.
One last image as those crops get fuller and fuller.
I am just so excited to tell you the good news. These little ones will be full for a bit. They can eat more and I hope that mom continues to feed them – like I said, til they popped. Continue to send warm wishes and positive thoughts to this nest. It is at such a vulnerable stage today.
I am sending this off toggled to my phone as our Internet is out. So thank you again. Take care everyone.
Thanks to the Port Lincoln Osprey nest for their streaming cam where I took my screen shots.