Not long to go. Plumage is almost as a proper juvenile now. One of the females, the one with the least immature plumage (Walga, perhaps) has been rather greedy and seems to take most of the food, but all the chicks get fed eventually, even Tardy, who actually grabbed a prey item today for what I think was the first time – at least the first time he was permitted by his big sisters to keep it!
And speaking of sibling rivalry, there was some interesting interaction between Tardy and one of the sisters last night….not sure what was going on here. Tardy was being pecked, but not too seriously, so I don’t think it was bullying.
I think Tardy might not live up to his name in respect of who is going to jump first. Even though less aggressive, he is more mature in his plumage than his sisters and has been quite fearless in his wing-flapping on the ledge, even at night, rather worryingly. We are having a lot of thunderstorms this week, and really don’t want an early departure in this weather.
My apologies, by the way, for the filthy camera lens. Since moving cameras, we are now well above the poo line, and these birds have been quite clean, but it is impossible to keep them completely clean and can’t risk disturbance at this delicate stage.
One more picture – the three chicks lined up, showing very clear size discrepancy.
I’ll be around all this week, and will update as soon as we have our first take-off, but have to go to Sydney next weekend to help chair a seminar on sustainability (population and consumption).