Friday, April 27, 2007

Divine Hatch! Parental Clues


5:35pm Tristan hunts rodents for dinner. He made two separate trips to the nest with prey between 6:30 and 7:15pm.

6:58:12 pm Tristan after standing on the nest for much longer than usual, stares into the center bowl and then into the right corner. I hadn't noticed the little white blob over there until I followed his eye.
Perhaps he's as confused about what that little white thingie is as I am. At first I thought, strange dead leaf? Weird reflection off stone? But it seems to have changed position slightly in the next photo down of Isolde staring. And then it disappears altogether when she feeds in the far right corner, last photo.

6:58:48 pm Isolde stares down into the bowl of the nest. Typical hawk behavior when there is a hatch. (White blob slightly visible behind twigs far up-right nest.)

7:01pm Isolde feeds center.

7:04pm Isolde changes position, body jerks that denote tearing of prey, then a stretch to right nest and small pokes. (The white blob is no longer visible.)
Isolde also did something in a context I've not seen before. She stood on the edge of the nest near Andrew's hand and did back strokes with her feet/talons. Both feet at the same time. I've seen Pale Male stand on the main portion of the 927 nest, look outwards and do it during a particularly hectic invasion of two unwanted RT visitors. But that seemed aggressive. This seemed more like calm "housework". Perhaps with all the landings on that nest edge it had begun to sag into the bowl and she was pulling it back into it's proper position?

From 4:00pm to 8:00pm many many things happened. It's going to take a bit to sort it all out, so do check back in for more.

Donegal Browne

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