Just got to work. Thanks for all the alerts. I tried to keep a half an eye out at home while doing chores, but kept getting distracted.
At 1411.37 pm there was a change-over (with prey) and an obvious crack in the egg. And about time, too.
At 1610-11 I got some shots of this obvious pip-hole in the egg, with what looks like a bit of the chick inside.
VIDEO 20171001 peep hole larger Diamond beaks it
Once chick emerges, I’ll put up a video and start a new thread with it. Fingers crossed, all goods smoothly.
We have chick!!!
6:23:48 you get a clear vision of it. I wish I could screen shot for you!!
I hope we get to see Xavier’s reaction to his first-born 🙂
Haa Sue, I was hoping it had hatched when he was sitting on it!! I bet we’d have seen shock!!
5 hours later I finally seemed to have fixed my image download problem (a bit late .. but here’s a shot of the egg shell!)
Here’s the pipsqueak!! https://screenshots.firefox.com/lCMEoNpw5p3UYkfI/www.csu.edu.au
Are there two? There seems to be extra bits of egg shells just for one egg. https://screenshots.firefox.com/YeBK8FZ5iqEcwHqV/www.csu.edu.au
SUEEE .. Xavier’s meeting the chick!!
6:58:35 my frozen screen kicked in to this image!!
There’s one egg intact, one with another pip and one hatched.
Oh no .. someone will have caught it .. just before 7:04pm Diamond returns with some scrap (from the wind break) and I think Xavier was a little relieved, he didn’t really know how to sit on it!! Bub’s getting first meal.
Diamond tries to store it in corner without much success .. takes off to larder in far trees with it but returns again seconds later with food.
My comment is awaiting moderation but here’s a closeup
It looks like we’ll certainly get another tonight! Maybe it’s like waiting for a bus…..you wait and wait, then three turn up at once!
First chick looks fine, with some wriggling happening, which is a relief.
Just realised I can do this .. so here’s a snapshot grid of the most recent ones .. it goes from newest to oldest. (I’m off to dine now)
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Haa Cilla, you must catch buses near me!!
What on earth did we just see? My feed was very jumpy (sudden jump in traffic, I bet). Xavier not knowing what to do with the fluffy thing; Somebody eating something; a fluffy thing rolling round on the floor…someone sitting on the fluffy thing. At any time did the fluffy thing get any food? How soon after hatching are they usually fed?
Sue, yes Xavier took off somewhere after Diamond turned up and Diamond fed it. The awkward trying to sit on something was Xavier. Was only about 4 minutes while Diamond ran off to grab some food.
Last year was rather abnormal as we lost our lovely male just before hatching. The first chick was hatched at 0240 h on 4/10 , and the second at 0700 h on the same day. Bear in mind she had no provider until 7/10, but she fed the two chicks for the first time after hunting herself on 4/10 at 1516 h. And all was fine. It’s dark now now here, so I don’t expect any feeding before dawn.
Congratulations to all involved and interested. Lovely to welcome new life once more.
Newly hatched chicks do not need food right away. They have the yoke “sucked up” right before hatching and that can provide for the first hours, up to a day.
36 days from first egg to first hatch, exactly the same as last year.
Finally caught up with the day’s events. Prey today included a rosella, I think (hints of blue, now stashed in the corner). I didn’t observe any chick feeding, but Diamond fed herself for a bit.
Going home, how at 2045, chick and two eggs safely tucked up for the night, but will put up a video of new life in new thread before I go.