Still no sign of the juveniles, sorry.
Much courtship behaviour, with both bowing quite low, and deep clucking. They generally start quite well apart, with Diamond (often on the ledge) sometimes approach Xavier, who hops about before leaving.
And the nestcame of the same scene (but shorter)
Xavier spending some time as usual preparing the scrape almost each time he visits, but Diamond much less so.
Prey items have been brought in a couple of times, but unidentifiable (small morsels, really), but there has no food provided to Diamond.
The weather up until yesterday has been very hot and windy and on two nights Diamond has slept outside the box, but she was definitely there last night when we got 17 ml of rain. I was a bit worried about Xavier, as he didn’t turn up before dawn as usual, not until early this afternoon. I got a rather nice shot of him inspecting the webcam
I’ll be coming in over the weekend to catch up with other stuff, so will take some time to check out around the farm and campus and general area to see if any of our youngsters are still about. I don’t think they would have enjoyed the heavy rain, but they are pretty tough and weather in Orange is pretty benign compared to many of their other areas.
I’m also going to start thinking about the data entry. I haven’t forgotten about that, just over-busy and not sure how the best way to do this would be at a distance. Hopefully I’ll have some time to think about this over the weekend. I might start with sending a spreadsheet that has already been completed, along with the notebook entries, so you can see how this matches up.
Have a great weekend.