Friday, October 26, 2007

12 days old, Little Wattle Bird chicks




I shot from further out for these, and as they didnt flinch I think I avoided making them overly nervous.

But just before I sat down to write this, I observed Mommy & Daddy Wattle Bird above the nest making loud calls. The volume is significant, as up to this point they have always 'spoken' softly to the chicks. I think they are encouraging the chicks to exercise those tender wings, if not outright leave the nest.

So prepare yourselves folks, our little Little Wattle Birds will be leaving the nest soon.

14 comments:

Lavender said...

Im so excited for them to be nearing thier next adventure.
I will miss them, but its what chicks are supposed to do...go off and be birds

Anonymous said...

How exciting Lavender!!!! I wouldn't be surprised if they stayed in your garden, I've known the same family of the Red parents for more than ten years now :) Can't tell these photos were taken from further away ...

Ces said...

Yes and what a great series so there is something special for you at my place.

Lavender said...

Anon Thanks Anon!
Tehehe I cheated a bit, its the one good shot from yesterday - made into three! Steady hands I do not have...better get the tripod out :)
I hope they will stick around, although I will have buckeys' telling them apart soon.

Ces Aw Ces! You flatter me, I like that in a person tehehe :)

BetteJo said...

Look at those sprouting feathers - pretty facinating!

Sharon said...

They are so adorable! The pure black eyes remind me of Mooky when he was a juvenile. I'm sure you're right about them leaving soon... it's sad but that's nature!

How fortunate you have been to observe them... actually I'm a bit envious.

HARDWAX said...

For some reason I'm nervous about this, although I reckon they'll be fine.

Ces said...

Lavender, if I were the little wattle bird, I will stay in the nest until I am 18 and leave when my wattle parents buy me a car and pay for my own nest. Hahaha!

Lavender said...

BetteJo They look alot more comfortable now that they are all in...and now they are fluffy and cute!! :)

Sharon Aw shucks, Im glad I got to share them with you!

Hardwax Im nervous too Hardwax! Its a big mean world out there.....

Ces Oh good idea Ces - I will go suggest that to them right now Tehehe!!! Maybe I can make a deal with Mummy and Daddy Wattle bird Hahahha Its fun to imagine it :)

Catherine said...

These are such great photos Lavender. I think they look as if they are almost smiling. Maybe its the thought of all that freedom

Lavender said...

Catherine It well could be, I bet theyve been wishing they could fly like thier parents - and very soon it will be a wish come true. Oh Im going to miss these little fluff balls!

merlinprincesse said...

I'm following their growth even if I don't always post a comment... As would say Spok, fascinating! :) Love to see those sweet black eyes. Your images are fabulous. I laught ane was moooooved at the same time by the story of the mommy trying to take you away from the nest. You and Anon give me a nwe vision of birds... :) Thanks!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Time to leave the nest already? That's Wattle Bird life!

Lavender said...

Merlinprincesse Oh, Thank you muchly! Im cool with the not commenting everyday, Be Free!

Captain Tehehe Wattle Bird life - fast, furious, and flyin' high :)