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Sketch Book Friday – Wonder Fluff!

photo of ink sketch of bird and nest in open sketch book| ©Annmarie Scott 2016

This week, a sketch and an update on the Tawny Frogmouth nest.

The chicks are loosing their ‘wonder-fluff’ – clouds of white feathers are replaced by an underlay of mottled grey. Dad has given up sitting on the rapidly growing babes.

Tawny Frogmouth chicks on nest, 22 days old | ©Annmarie Scott 2016

He’s still protective and perhaps more watchful, now that Cumulus (above: front right) and Nimbus (above: middle) are flexing their wings – curious about the world beyond the nest. Yet I have only witnessed a warning in response to the overhead cry and passing shadow of a Currawong. The photo below captures Tawny Dad’s moment.

Tawny Frogmouth male on nest, wing extended around chick| ©Annmarie Scott 2016

Tawny Mum has begun to frequent the same tree – sitting a branch above, or directly behind the pair of chicks. The birds are preparing for fledging – usually around 25 days after hatching I am told.

pencil sketch of bird watching lady with camera in hand |©Annmarie Scott 2016

And I must prepare for an empty nest…

wait for their return next Spring.

©Annmarie Scott, 2016

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