After a weekend of going through all the tapes, it would appear that all chicks are healthy. No. 3 (‘tardy’) was finding it a bit hard to get his beak in, so to speak, particular on the one time that Bula fed them, when he appeared to only feed the biggest gape (no. 1, ‘Tumbler). But Diamond is more even-handed and, even if number 1 gets the first share, he/she she usually collapses in a stuffed heap, allowing the others to get their share.
Haven’t had much luck with identification of prey as they are arriving ready-to-service with little plumage on which to make an identification, sometimes mere scraps, although one was clearly from a parrot, probably an eastern rosella, and I suspect a grey-shrike thrush for another.
They might be a bit short on food. I’ve noticed quite a lot of ‘pretend’ feeding and three mouths are quite a lot to feed, whilst ensuring they keep up their own strength. We’ve had showers and the odd thunderstorm this weekend, which won’t have helped. Diamond has left the chicks to do some hunting, while Bula babysits. The longest gap with no adults present was nearly 25 minutes, but most absences are about 0.5-2 minutes.
Interestingly, peregrines are one of the species already being affected by climate change, with chicks being known to die of hyperthermia in uncharacteristic downpours. Ours have a distinct advantage in this respect.
Thanks for the observations, photos and comments (and, of course, the videos from Scott). Any name suggestions, or are you happy with Tumbler, Walga and Tardy? Our Head of School suggested the three regional rivers: Lachlan, Murrumbidgee and Murray. That’s also a good idea. Need to do it soon, as I’m tired of no.1, 2, etc. Having said that they will be quite hard to tell apart soon.