Both ospreys are keen egg-sitters and although KL does the greater part of incubating, including the nights, her mate is quite happy to take his turn. We have been really impressed at how well they have worked as a team at this since the beginning – better than we might have expected from first time birds. One thing that has showed their inexperience though has been in their table manners. Both of them are really messy eaters, dropping scales and guts and sometimes half a fish in and around the nest site. About a week and a half ago KL became very protective of the nest – possibly because there could be faint movement inside the eggs from the developing chicks. So, instead of taking her meals away to eat she started munching them on the nest side This has been a bad move because the already interested crows and magpies, always on the lookout for a free lunch, now feel that their favourite Bistro has moved to town centre and have been swooping and diving over the sitting KL trying to secure a table. This picture shows our male In catch 22 position – to see off the unwelcome food snatcher he will first have to relinquish his grip on his dinner – and that of course will be playing straight into the crow’s plate!
More mature behaviour is to always take your fish some way away to eat except when there are chicks to be fed. Then,as SX and Mrs. demonstrated, hoovering up every last scrap that is dropped is top priority after every feed.