There’s a clear pattern emerging here now that Diamond is doing more of the hunting (I’m assuming this because of her long absences and the fact that the bird is now often being brought in whole, even if plucked). I don’t think there is much, if anything, in the stash at present. Xavier catches starlings, and occasionally other passerines such as honeyeaters and the odd pigeon. Diamond seems to turn up her nose at starlings and is mainly bringing in large parrots and pigeons.
Here Xavier has brought in a whole adult starling (for once, easy to identify with its bright yellow bill, shining coat and pink legs); Diamond grabs it and takes off with it, as if to say, oh, no not Sturnus vulgaris again. Actually she’s probably just taking it away to pluck.
This happened about 3 pm yesterday afternoon; I’ll hopefully catch up tomorrow.
It’s always good to get them all together. You can just see the tail feathers coming through. VIDEO 20171022 Oh, no, not starling again