After some rescue gardening after my fence blew down two weeks ago, it was 10.00am before I got to the Osprey site. After Friday's weather, sat and sun were remarkably dull and on this Sunday I was cold in just a Paramo and thin polo shirt. However I did remain still for 1.5 hours observing, mainly because the male arrived shortly after my start of observation and with a decapitated largish trout. He obviously had eaten the head elsewhere and brought the rest to the family, who are two not one chick as I wrongly predicted, he continued to eat whilst occasionally looking at the female who was not calling for food. Perhaps she and the chicks had eaten already that morning, so some time later he took off into the wind, circled the eyrie and landed with a good 3/4 fish into the wind. He made sure the fish was secure by stuffing it into the nest fabric around the cup, she, when he took off, moved to the eyrie edge, but did not commandeer the fish. He as far as I could make out addressed some sticks with his bill and seemed to me to offer a small stick to a wobbly headed chick, it is perhaps a mistake to try to rationalise everything observed, but I thought he had a desire to "help" and was muffing it!. The female and the chicks were obviously not hungry at this particular point and, the female watched the male and took off flew around and landed nearby, she did this several times, he took off unseen my me and seemingly disappeared, he had not disappeared from sight but was nearby preening with only his back and part of his head showing. So if he was preening the fish he brought was still where he secured it, as he might have removed it to further feed himself, the female now on the eyrie preened, the chicks beak butted each other for a spot of rare sibling rivalry. She eventually after some further preening and stationery wing stretching settled on the chicks and the feeding I hoped to see was done after I left,  from a larder jammed into the eyrie's fabric. As the male was feeding near the eyrie I had a chance to photograph both his outstretched legs, he does have a ring on his right leg, a yellow one, so it is not the male from last year, so that I got right, as he had a ring on his left leg, but I was wrong in observing that he had no ring, unless the males  changed very early!  He looks the same  bird of this year with his sun drenched bleached brown wing feathers. But then many Osprey's will have that look.

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