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Hatching - Class of 2017

Posted: Thursday 25th May 2017 by Karis MWT

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Two Bobs with a third on the way?

Bob 1 makes his debut

Volunteers, visitors and staff all stood crowded around every available screen waiting for Glesni to stand up and reveal her precious cargo. Having spotted a crack in egg number 1 on Saturday at 6.22pm, we waited all night and all morning with bated breath as she repeatedly got up, shuffled the eggs, and then sat back down again.

Then finally, at 12.45pm on 21st May, Bob 1 had his first glimpse of the big wide world. A wonderful feeling of both elation and relief travelled across the reserve as the news of his hatching spread; the 2017 season was well and truly underway! 

MWT Bob 1

Monty meets his 16th chick

During his six previous breeding seasons on the Dyfi, Monty sired fifteen chicks to the point of hatching. In this, his 7th breeding year, Bob 1 had taken his total chick count up to sixteen.

MWT Monty meets Bob

First feed

Monty had brought the sea trout to the nest earlier in the day at around 2pm. After he'd given Glesni a quick break from the nest, incubating the new arrival and his unhatched siblings for around 20 minutes, it was time for Bob 1 to have his first taste of fish.

Bob 1 has adopted some fairly unconventional feeding positions...MWT Bob talons up

When Mum says no, ask Dad!
MWT Monty feeds Bob

Round 2…

With Bob 1 well-fed and looking to be in good health, our attention soon turned to egg 2. At 10.06am on 22nd May, Glesni stood up to reveal a discernible crack in the shell. 

MWT Egg 2 Crack

We sat watching the cameras, trying to anticipate when she was going to stand up. For hours we zoomed in and out as she got up, swapped with Monty, sat down, and generally fidgeted on the nest.

Long after most people had left, and to the delight of the night-time egg watch volunteers, Bob 2 had hatched. Though it is unusual for ospreys to hatch at night, it is not a particularly rare occurrence; several hatchings have taken place under the cover of darkness on the Dyfi over the years. When daylight broke we were able to get a proper look at the new arrival, and at 6.06am Bob 2 had his first feed.

Two Bobs with full crops after a good feed. Note the pattern on the egg and hold that thought!
MWT Bobs full crop

Fashionably late?

Bob 1 hatched at 37 days old, and Bob 2 at 35 days old (though he was only 48 minutes short of 36 days!). We would expect Bob 3 to hatch at around 35 days, putting his due date on Thursday 25th May. We have been keeping a very close eye on his egg today, looking for any signs of his escape! This photo was taken earlier today, what do you think?

MWT Egg 3 crack

 

Now the real hard work starts for Monty. As the chicks grow so does their appetite, and he will spend more of his time out catching fish for his family. In around 5 weeks times the chicks will be ringed and will each be given names, leaving their ‘bobble-head’ days behind them.

Monty bringing the first family fish - a sea trout
MWT Monty to nest

As incubation draws to an end for another year, we would like to say thank you to all the citizen scientists for recording Monty’s incubation times. We’ve now got lots of lovely statistical analyses in the pipeline for when the dataset is complete (and I’m not being sarcastic, I really do love stats!) so look out for some results later in the season.

Last and by no means least, we would like to thank our team of tireless egg-watchers for the 24 hour protection they have provided over the last seven weeks. Seeing the Bobs hatch and grow is testament to the long nights and early mornings you all spent guarding the eggs, and with an ever-increasing total of 3,267 volunteer hours recorded for the 2017 season so far, it is clear that we could not run DOP without you all! 

We'll keep you updated with any 'breaking' news from Bob 3, so keep your eyes glued to the live streaming and watch this space...

26th May UPDATE

At 09:05 this morning, little Bobby Bach made his/her way to the world. We have a hatrick!

Video to follow over the weekend..

 

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Comments

    Thank you for a wonderful blog Karis and beautiful photos. Some of them look like possible contenders for the 2018 DOP calendar. Looking forward to reading your next blog. Wishing you all the best :-) leigho 

    Friday 26th May 2017
    by leigho

    Thank you so much for this lovely blog and photos.  Looking forward to another year in the lives of Monty, Glesni and their offspring.

    Friday 26th May 2017
    by Caz9537

    Finally had time to enjoy your first blog Karis - thank you, great summary and lovely choice of pictures, looking forward to your next one :D  

    Friday 26th May 2017
    by Barbara J C

    A great blog Karis, thank you. It's a really helpful way to catch up with goings on at the nest when at work. :)

    Friday 26th May 2017
    by BecOwl

    Karis, thank you for pulling together such a beautiful set of photos seamlessly joined together by your explanatory text.  I look forward to your next blog with 3 Bobs to contend with (!) and your insight into their lives.  

    Friday 26th May 2017
    by Cas

    Lovely blog, thank you Karis

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by SuzanneT

    What a great blog. Thank you Karis. Can't wait for bob 3.

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by DaisyMay

    What an excellent blog, thank you Karis.  

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Lezli

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your first blog Karis - 10/10! :-)

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Daffodil

    Thank you Karis for an excellent and informative blog! Gorgeous photos and looking forward to Bob 3's debut. 

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by F1Annie

    Thank you Karis. A great start and I'm sure we all look forward to the next one. Well done.

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Mike Simmonds

    Thank you for a lovely blog, Karis, looking forward to many more.

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Joan

    Excellent blog Karis :)

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Waterfall

    Well done Karis, I look forward to more :-)  

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by TrishaNic

    Thank you Kat is, great blog.

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Jo Rihan

    Well done Karis, great blog.

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Salopian

    A wonderful blog & beautiful photos! Thank you so much ,  Karis for pulling it all together for us so clearly!

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by FP1

    Thank you for that, Karis. An enjoyable blog. (You love stats?.......!) This must be your dream job. 

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Tilly Trotter

    Beautifully written blog, sums up an eventful week at the nest perfectly.  Thanks!

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Sami

    Thankyou Karis. Lovely blog and some very beautiful photos.

    Thursday 25th May 2017
    by Fiona56

Thank you for a wonderful blog Karis and beautiful photos. Some of them look like possible contenders for the 2018 DOP calendar. Looking forward to reading your next blog. Wishing you all the best :-) leigho 

Friday 26th May 2017
by leigho

Thank you so much for this lovely blog and photos.  Looking forward to another year in the lives of Monty, Glesni and their offspring.

Friday 26th May 2017
by Caz9537

Finally had time to enjoy your first blog Karis - thank you, great summary and lovely choice of pictures, looking forward to your next one :D  

Friday 26th May 2017
by Barbara J C

A great blog Karis, thank you. It's a really helpful way to catch up with goings on at the nest when at work. :)

Friday 26th May 2017
by BecOwl

Karis, thank you for pulling together such a beautiful set of photos seamlessly joined together by your explanatory text.  I look forward to your next blog with 3 Bobs to contend with (!) and your insight into their lives.  

Friday 26th May 2017
by Cas

Lovely blog, thank you Karis

Thursday 25th May 2017
by SuzanneT

What a great blog. Thank you Karis. Can't wait for bob 3.

Thursday 25th May 2017
by DaisyMay

What an excellent blog, thank you Karis.  

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Lezli

Thoroughly enjoyed reading your first blog Karis - 10/10! :-)

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Daffodil

Thank you Karis for an excellent and informative blog! Gorgeous photos and looking forward to Bob 3's debut. 

Thursday 25th May 2017
by F1Annie

Thank you Karis. A great start and I'm sure we all look forward to the next one. Well done.

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Mike Simmonds

Thank you for a lovely blog, Karis, looking forward to many more.

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Joan

Excellent blog Karis :)

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Waterfall

Well done Karis, I look forward to more :-)  

Thursday 25th May 2017
by TrishaNic

Thank you Kat is, great blog.

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Jo Rihan

Well done Karis, great blog.

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Salopian

A wonderful blog & beautiful photos! Thank you so much ,  Karis for pulling it all together for us so clearly!

Thursday 25th May 2017
by FP1

Thank you for that, Karis. An enjoyable blog. (You love stats?.......!) This must be your dream job. 

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Tilly Trotter

Beautifully written blog, sums up an eventful week at the nest perfectly.  Thanks!

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Sami

Thankyou Karis. Lovely blog and some very beautiful photos.

Thursday 25th May 2017
by Fiona56