The Changing of the Guard

The first chick hatched on Jaunary 21st while the mother, KP792, was on the nest.  I filmed then on January 25th and put it on my last blog entry.  The next day, KP505, the father, took over parental duties.

On January 29th I saw both parents at the nest.  I grabbed my camera and ran over.  KP505 was still on the chick, very reluctant to leave.  I filmed about 3 1/2 minutes of the interaction.  I was going to edit it, but I thought people would enjoy seeing the whole thing.  Dad is on the right, standing over the chick, Mom is trying to gently nudge her way onto the nest.  At first Dad is reluctant, but gradually he comes to the conclusion that it is time for him to go.  After he gets off, Mom gets on the chick as quickly as possible, lest he change his mind, perhaps.  Then they both groom each other gently, the behavior typical of nesting couples.

The garrulous birds you hear in the background are common mynahs.

Afterwards, Dad wandered around lifting up and dropping bits of vegetation, returned to the nest and groomed his mate, then wandered around the yard a bit, leaving about 15 minutes after ceding his spot on the nest.  He will be back in a few days with lots of delicious seafood to regurgitate for his chick.


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4 Responses to The Changing of the Guard

  1. Oh, my goodness! Magic moments, Cathy!! Thanks so much for capturing this video!

  2. Alice says:

    Great job Kathy! Pretty cool. Thanks for your dedication.

  3. What a treat! Thank you for sharing your passion with us!

  4. Tomo says:

    Great capture – thanks for posting the whole clip. Wonderful behaviors – easy to read all those emotions (without anthropomorphizing!).

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