The initial good weather gave all our chicks a head start and perhaps a bit of overconfidence. The windy days of Thursday and Friday saw quite a bit of buffeting in the air and in some cases taking off and then flying backwards, which left them a little nonplussed. U7 fled to the nest at one point, as a safe haven, but found that even taking off from there was fraught with danger. She had to experiment for some time, looking a bit like an umbrella on the verge of turning inside out before finding that the trick is to lean into the wind rather than it coming at you broadside.
All the chicks have been seen from the Lower Viewpoint at Dodd flying over the edges of Bassenthwaite and enjoying the occasional splashdown. However, it is Unring that is still doing all the fishing. Today, he caught a fish so enormous that he dropped it – viewed by one of his offspring sitting on a nearby post and KL, bathing just a few yards away.
It could happen to anyone.