Our siblings get on very well together, spending most of the time cuddled up for warmth and/or company. They are, however, starting to develop some independence and have been scooting around the box, exploring the box’s limited extent. And we have noticed the first instance of sibling rivalry – nothing very serious, just a short-lived tug of war.
VIDEO 20181022 0638 tug of war with Di
Most of the prey has followed a common pattern; Xavier (the male) brings in starlings – and recently, juvenile starlings – and larger honeyeaters, smaller parrots and pigeons, as well has some tiny prey and Diamond (female, larger and stronger) brings in the more meaty prey, including one huge pigeon, definitely not a native species, but seemingly larger than the normal feral rock pigeon, too.
And here is one very independent 27 day old, having a good preen and stretch (not much else to day as prey has been scarce today). and a very well aimed poo shot on his/her sibling!
VIDEO 20181022 1527 bored chicks
They’re hilarious! Their aim is obviously getting rather good. Have seen them hit Eggbert, Diamond’s tail and each other! Typical fiendish youngsters – “Look how far I can poop!” “Oh yeah, that’s nothing – watch meee!”
Erm, thought I should clarify – I didn’t mean to suggest that human children have pooping competitions, (although a bunch of 10 year old boys at a birthday party can have some pretty gross competitions – burping etc)
Good you recorded the huge pigeon meal (nobody did it), it was impressive. Thank you.
I have recorded EVERY prey for five years until December 2017 when the 24 x 7 recording software broke down in a thunderstorm. This year I do what I can with a four hour wind-back system.
It is amazing to compare the size of the kids now with the relatively tiny egg – were they really ever that small?
Well, they came out of those eggs….perhaps a bit squashed!