Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Fledging Frogmouths

A Tawny Frogmouth fledgling basks in the sun
The first Tawny Frogmouths fledged at the weekend, with one chick leaving the nest a day before its siblings, which left the next day. So, a brood of three from the earliest nesting attempt of the year, by the same pair which laid earliest last year and reared three chicks then too.

Meanwhile its dad continues to brood two chicks in the nest on the next branch
The female was sitting low in a branch and was most un-noticeable. Then once they had all fledged the whole family moved into an adjacent tree. They will continue to move around their home range from now on, roosting in a different spot most days.
And mum watches on in-obtrusively

1 comment:

  1. Stuart
    I have often seen the male on the nest react the way you describe when the Pied Currawongs, which nest in the same tree most years, get too close.

    I shall do an analysis of the post brooding mobility over the 7 years of records when this season's event is over. My top of the head summary for this family is that they have a couple of favourite roosts for the first month but get harder to find in the second month after leaving the nest and in the third month I have never found the chicks and rarely the adults.


    Martin Butterfield