I’m just back from Sydney and will take several days to catch up, but I can confirm that on 8th October at 0739 h, Diamond picked up egg, took it the ledge, possibly opened the shell a bit more, then took it as if to feed to the chicks; thought better of it (and the chicks did not show much interest), spent a bit of time at the ledge (perhaps eating, but her back was turned), then took off with it.
I have made videos, but it doesn’t matter how short I make them, I’m informed that they are too large. I’ll get Scott to make a youtube when he returns.
Poor little egg 🙁 Diamond certainly made an amazing effort with it.
Good afternoon, Cilla, Deborah, Sue, and dear lurkers 😉
We have had even longer black periods than usual today, in my experience. Anyway, here are some scrapings.
“09 Oct @ 13:04hr Xavier with prey, Diamond collects, darn wasp”
1m22s VIDEO = https://youtu.be/r9TzpNkY_KM
LATE LAST NIGHT
“Diamond indecisive about poop, then settles on eyases”
2m35s VIDEO = https://youtu.be/DBEe13c0KRY
“10 Oct early am, scraps of ins & outs”
2m05s VIDEO = https://youtu.be/vlmOFjzaY3I
A BIT LATER THIS MORNING
“Diamond did lots of scratchin’ ‘ scrapin'”
50s VIDEO = https://youtu.be/eP0GDLfapqk
JUST AFTER THE ABOVE
“Rejected prey again”
30s VIDEO = https://youtu.be/WQg1cwPEx6A
14:30hr THIS AFTERNOON
“Eyas siblings passing the time, ending in nasty nip, Diamond nips in”
1m57s VIDEO = https://youtu.be/Y7ZS-vjRiq4
Wow, the big one plays rough!
Thanks, Scylla, for these videos. My screen was black most of the time.
You’re welcome, Helios – I’m just going to start picking thru what I’ve got since the last “uppage” 😉
Xavier was just here – not sure if he took over or not, my equipment hasn’t properly been woken up yet 😉
Back to catch-up.
Yesterday up until nightcam seemed to be taken up mostly by “waiting on the ledge”. A fairly peaceful night, Diamond standing over bobbly eyases, occasionally stretching:
Then daycam kicked in, whereupon a big freeze > blackage took over.
The cam didn’t recover until about 07:19hr, followed by more ins and outs and at 07:55 there seemed to be a feed, but it wasn’t until 08:24 that I found food being brought in:
After that feed the chicks were flat out until 10:48 🙂
… when Diamond returned to brood.
Many thanks to the other Scylla for all these updates. If I miss a weekend, I get very behind, but will start new thread tomorrow or Friday. So much prey coming in and most of it SO HARD to identify! I’m just capturing images of everything in the hope that I’ll time and better technology to sort later.
Growth rate is on track and they are starting to show a bit of interest in their surroundings; will be wandering, soon, too no doubt.
13:20hr feed by Xavier – he didn’t seem to have prepared the prey very well! One little one nearly choked on bones, they never cease to amaze me 😀
Then Diamond arrived with another food item and very soon afterwards the stream froze 🙁
4m46s VIDEO = https://youtu.be/uRZ90MMxNZQ
It’s interesting that, to date, all of the rejected prey have been starling (I think). She has my sympathy, and it’s perfectly understandable, but it’s a pity as they are a real pest species here.
A fewer larger parrots have been coming in – top suspect is Australian King-Parrot, but the evidence is admittedly rather slim.
Prey-drop and handover a little while ago – I didn’t get the feed that presumably followed.
Another prey-drop just now:
Aww, I haven’t got to see them for a little while .. and haven’t they grown? Lovely!
Just so you know, I take stills of all the prey (up to 10-15 each for tricky ones), sometimes video too, but then I have storage problems, so there’s probably no need for you to do this unless you think people are interested. Most of them are so massacred by the time they get in the box, they are not very interesting except to those doing research! And that’s why I rarely put them up as postings.
What would be interesting would be to work out a way of sizing each prey where one can see the torso clearly, so, even if they can’t be identified, they can be placed into size categories.