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.
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 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.
And I must prepare for an empty nest…
wait for their return next Spring.
©Annmarie Scott, 2016