As yet I didn´t saw him manage a “real” feeding, whether Pirit was there or not. Whenever I watched them he offered the chicks at the most some morsels – so I´m not sure if he is that eager to feed them. He has many opportunities to try it or simply to do it, but it appears to me that he prefers to enjoy a meal in the nest or to “steal” the fish which he has brought before. Of course others may have noticed more successful feedings.
You are right, despite Madis more times is seen feeding his chicks he doesn´t seem enthusiastic about feeding. As you mention he doesn´t grab any given chance to feed.
Perhaps what is seen of feeding just is to show that he´s able to if necessary – if something happens to Piret that prevent her from doing this work? But the main impression is that feeding is the work Piret has to take care of, as his is to provide fish for his family. Clearly division of tasks between male and female.
Hi b.h-p! Or maybe a sort of “alibi behaviour”? (I don´t plunder our fish stocks, darling, I´m just feeding the chicks…
). Couldn´t this be useful to prevent aggression? Yes, the distribution of tasks is clear, even though also this kind of behaviour seems to be flexible. Today I read a text written by the already mentioned Mark Bartosik, he wrote about a pair which he observed: ”this particular Osprey pair had no problems during last 5 years fledging even 3 chicks during two different years. Female almost never hunted during nesting seasons in past years -- this year she was providing at least half, if not more fish than male, and the pair was only able to raise one chick that was often left alone for many hours as both parents were trying to catch fish at that time.”
It´s so interesting to watch and to learn.