Here’s a story I’ve been waiting to tell. It’s the followup from last Saturday Evening’s Post.
EE and I have been searching along the trees at the Werribee River for a pair of Tawny Frogmouth and their young. Thanks to a friendly tip from a member of BirdLife Werribee, (formerly Werribee Wagtails), we were able to eventually make the connection.
What we also discovered. We in that phrase meaning EE spotted. What we also discovered was several pairs of Willie Wagtails that had all gone to nest about the same time, and within about 50m or so of each other.
To our delight one pair were only a metre of so from the little walking track. Little and Walking in that sentence are more an euphemism for—gaps among the scrub.
For as many afternoons as we can fit in, we’ve been dropping in to see how they are going. And the last day or so, in spite of the drenching weather, they have flown!
Here is the visuals of the story unfolding. Quite a few shots, but it takes about 14 days to hatch, and about 14 days to fledge. You can take a lot of pictures of a nest on a stick in that time.
Good luck littleuns, hope to see your tails flying free for a long time.
Click on each image for a larger view
Taking a snack to work. This one is still sitting eggs
First sight of the little featherless, blind young
A couple of days later and Mum is sitting on the tucking them down and look at the size of her ‘eyebrow’. A very upset bird.
Several days later and the first signs of wing feathers sheaths are beginning to show.
Snuggling down over the young to keep them safe from view
In spite of her care, one of the young pokes out the back to see what’s going on
Now they are really developing a full set of feathers
Trying to distract me by pretending to be an injured bird.
Each day brings them closer to fledging
Fledging day. Not more than 10 minutes later all three were on the wing. The poor old nest is beginning to suffer from their activities and the heavy rain the night before
And here we are young ‘tails on the move
3 thoughts on “‘tails free along the river”
Wow David – what a great series of shots. Just beautiful, and thanks for sharing the experience with us.
Thankyou so much for sharing these photos.
Lovely to see the young out and about! An excellent documentary series. They look wonderful with their rufous trimming.