Our youngsters, Gaama and Budhin (no, I can’t tell them apart at this stage, perhaps in a week?), 19-20 days old, have finally started moving out of their corner, even without the food to lure them. Here they take tentative steps towards the ledge (but not too close…..). Actually, shortly, afterwards, lunch arrives, so perhaps they DID know food was coming. I’ve noticed peregrines have an uncanny ability to sense the arrival of dinner well before we can!
We have noticed that, although Diamond has frequently rejected Xavier’s offerings of starling (and I don’t I’ve ever seen her bring one in that she’s hunted herself), she will feed them to the young if they are hungry. But she will take quite small birds such as small honeyeaters, and, even a couple of times, she has taken pardalotes (very beautiful, but tiny birds of the outer foliage), so it’s not size that’s putting her off. I believe they are quite tough (and probably dirty as they are often seen at the tip). What’s odd is that I haven’t seen any juvenile starlings yet – usually a staple at this time of year. Plentiful, stupid, less tough and defenceless (and, of course, a pest in Australia). They are adult sized, just about, but a medium to dark brown, rather than shiny black.