As you’ve already observed (I’m a day behind you..), our youngsters are becoming much more mobile and brave, and our young suitor is being a bit more grown-up, with notable exceptions….
At one time, I started to kid myself that he was watching intently how Diamond fed the chicks, only to realise that he was just watching for a chance to grab a mouthful himself.
On one morning he brought in some ‘dressed’ prey, only to find Diamond still feeding, so, rather understandably, he took off again after waiting for a while.
Diamond has started bringing in unplucked prey (starling), which she roughly plucked in the box, then fed to the brood. I think this was her catch as Xavier had been dawdling on the ledge. I’ve just noticed that one of our brood fell over in astonishment!
Also she rarely succeeds now at ‘sitting’ on her chicks, but still tries occasionally. Mostly now she stands over them, or uses the ledge at night, despite the chill air (we are still getting frosts).
I have to go back to Sydney on tomorrow afternoon’s train for a weekend conference/meeting. I’ll try and catch up tomorrow, but it’s not likely as I have a morning of plant propagation, so have a good weekend and I’ll talk to you again on Monday.