It has now been 36 days since Maya laid the first egg on 29th March, and I don’t know about you, but I am glued to my computer screen at the minute, waiting for a sign that the first chick is about to pip its way out of its eggshell. Hopefully by the end of the week we will have our first chick of the season! And I imagine, the first chick to hatch in the UK.
As we have watched over the past few weeks, Maya and 33(11) have been very attentive; keeping busy with switching over of incubation duties, and for 33 in particular, with fishing. Out of all the species of birds in the world, Ospreys are the only ones to solely eat fish and are true piscivores. 33 has been showing off his fishing skills and is regularly bringing fish of all different sizes and species back to the nest, including some very large Trout and some decent-sized Roach! Before 33 returns to the nest with his well-earned prize, he has his fill, which is normally the head of the fish – the most nutritious part. Once the chicks have hatched, this will change. Instead of taking his fill first, 33 will bring the whole fish back to the nest, head included.