Hi again Maertha
sorry, I didn't take pictures from the situation Piret takes the fish out of the nest.
The last picture I`ve taken was at 18:27:39, Piret feeds the chicks and one of them tried to eat by himself. That was the big (old) fish. That is this pic
After a while, when Piret was ready with feeding and the chicks were lying around with thick bellys, she took the rest of the fish and carried it out of the nest.
Doesn´t matter, Birdie, I was just curious, because I have not seen Piret taking away food from the nest since the chicks hatched (others may have seen it). Are you familiar with Pontu? It´s an archive which stores pictures of this nest. The pics are taken once a minute: it´s a possibility to get at least a snapshot if you have missed something. According to Pontu this is what might have happened:
18:24 Piret has left the nest, one of the chicks uses the fish remains as a pillow http://pontu.eenet.ee/kalakotkas/2012-0 ... -18-24.jpg
18:28 Piret back, she feeds the remains to the chicks as visible in your picture above
18:38 http://pontu.eenet.ee/kalakotkas/2012-0 ... -18-38.jpg
18:39 Piret has left the nest, some fish is still there http://pontu.eenet.ee/kalakotkas/2012-0 ... -18-39.jpg
18:41 And now a flying visit. Neither the special feather at the left side (female) nor the ring (male/right leg) is visible in this picture, so I am not positive about this
- but I suppose it was Madis, the male, who came to “steal” the fish. He did it several times before http://pontu.eenet.ee/kalakotkas/2012-0 ... -18-41.jpg
18:43 Piret back in the nest (she has no rings) http://pontu.eenet.ee/kalakotkas/2012-0 ... -18-43.jpg