Over the past couple of weeks we have seen an increase in flight preparation activity as the chicks have been stretching and flapping their wings, strengthening their muscles ready for their first flight.
They have been losing their fluffy, downy feathers as their new pristine flight feathers are coming through in preparation for their next big step; leaving the nest.
Blue V8 is first to fledge
Blue V8 has been showing promising signs that it won’t be long before she fledges. All that flapping about on the nest is beginning to pay off as she starts to lift slightly off the ground momentarily, for a couple of seconds at a time.
Blue V9 is a bit further behind being the younger of the two chicks, he hasn’t done as much flapping as his sister but he should soon be following suit.
On average osprey chicks fledge at 53 day old, right on cue, on the 14th July, at 52 days old Blue V8 took to the skies on her maiden flight. Blue V9 is 4 days younger than his sister so he still has a bit of time to catch up and start flying.
Blue V9 finally fledges
After much anticipation on the 25th July Blue V9 took to the skies on his first flight. At 59 days old he kept us waiting for his first flight, but now he is happily flying around with the rest of his family.