As we have had no sightings, either through the cam or in the field, I think we can safely assume that our 2018-9 youngsters, Gaama and Budhin are on their way to a new life in a new territory. I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, of course, if one of them turns up – but how will we know whether it is one of ours? No way of knowing, of course.
Before they left, one of them (I think, the larger Gaama) brought in a musk lorikeet (a small, rather uncommon, parrot). Who knows, perhaps this was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the parents decided that it was time for them to move on. Once the juveniles start ‘competing’ with adults on their own turf, then this is one of the signals for parents encouraging the youngsters to become more independent. This is certainly the longest time that we have recorded for young to be still within the territory after fledging.
I’ll still keep updating the blog from time to time if something interesting happens, but I’ll be winding down a bit myself and will be away in Europe mid-May to mid-July, back in time for the 2019-20 season.
Thanks to all those who have provided feedback and additional information. The Youtube chat has been excellent, but of course does not provide a permanent record, like this blog.
Thanks for update. Maybe a new site for next breeding season ? And mods on chat, that will be useful…
And bye to our youngsters, wish they have a long and pleasant falcon life!
The musk lorikeet was a spectacular finale for Gaama. This season certasinly stretched, didn’t it? I know our friend Gos is hoping that Gaama will return and lay an egg, just to put an end to the “great sex debate of 2018-19”, ha ha!
The YouTube chat, even though it isn’t a permanent record of goings on, has been great fun this season, and I think some nice friendships have been formed amongst the International Fans of Orange.
Looking forward to the next season!
And the egg left too?
I removed the egg when I gave the box a bit of a clean – I had to go up anyway as one of the hatches had worked loose and I don’t want peregrines actually in the water tower!
The egg is now in a fridge where I store my native plant seeds and I’ll take it to the Australian Museum on my next trip to Sydney.