When new neighbours arrive, birds are as inquisitive as the next one.
However it didn’t always go well for the young Hobbies as some of the neighbours have a distinct dislike for raptors, small, large, young or old.
A constant source of interaction was with the Galahs in the area.
Here is one such event.
Next in line, several more turn up and chase the young Hobby about the sky. The little dudes still don’t have real flying skills, so it’s a pretty much one way competition.
Here the galahs have outpaced and out-turned the Hobby, but give the impression of being chased. Not so.
Early morning and one of the young was having some quiet time in the sunshine when a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets dropped by for a looksee. Much more robust in their attack, and working as a team, the young Hobby in the end had to abandon its rest spot.
Close to the last pages in the field notes.
The Hobbies quickly gain flight experience and then were off to explore the world around the nesting location. A week on and they could disappear almost at the blink of an eye, and quickly reappear breaking all records in a sharp dive descent.
Their next adventure was learning to hunt along the tree-line nearby, but for a photographer there was not chance of keeping up with the action.