About half an hour ago I was about to put out some more food for the Ferals and I saw HTR II was perched on one of the old branches near the water dishes. I asked him to wait (as you do) and went to get some wax worms. By the time I had returned he had perched himself next to the kitchen door. Before I could properly offer them to him, HTR II was hovering next to my hand looking at the waxies as he did so. He landed next to the door step, so I dropped the wax worms next to him. He ate three and then flew off with the fourth. As he arrived at the flowering currant he was met by Mrs HTR II. He popped the wax worm into her open beak and then they disappeared into the shrubs. I figured that was it and threw a few mealies into the flowering currant for the Spadgers, who had arrived in numbers. I went back indoors and just as I closed the kitchen door, both Robins appeared and went to the Chalet. I ran to get the camera and wiped the window before taking a few pics. As it happened, HTR left the Chalet at one point and returned with something for Mrs HTR II just as I was photographing her. I captured the resulting Courtship Feeding by luck rather than judgement. It is snowing here, albeit lightly. If you are watching the rugby, it's similar to the conditions there. Anyway, here are the few reasonable shots I managed to get of this year's garden Robins.
Waiting for Uber Mealies (other snack delivery firms are available)
Hopefully they will provide me with more photo opportunities over the coming weeks and months. These will suffice as record shots at least.
I have decided to make this my thread for this pair for 2018, so I have renamed it.
Nice to see you back Maisie.
Lovely photo's MC,had several starlings now fledged, very noisy in the garden.
Nice to see the youngsters doing well. Still not seen any young Robins up here
Lovely pics of the two youngsters MC, is it really 10 days since they fledged, time really does fly. They look too young to fend for themselves, I wonder if HTR does take them an odd mealie now and again.
Thanks Hazy. It was nice to see them together even though they fledged 10 days ago. They are making the most of the fact that I have allowed the lower garden to become a jungle. The raspberries have taken over one half of it. Lots of fruit coming through on the raspberries, strawberries and gooseberries. Should be a good harvest.
Lovely photos Paul and beautiful to see the two fledglings, not seen any here yet but the birds are collecting mealworms like there's no tomorrow !
The two remaining HTR fledglings have been tucked away in the holly tree or the raspberry bushes for the past few days. I hear them but seldom see them. I did hear one of them ditting loudly yesterday. This morning, they were both on the far wall in my neighbour's garden. I was watching one of them intently through the lens and was unaware of the second one. It was only when I checked the SD card that I saw I had captured both of them in a couple of pictures. They seem to be together all the time. They still squeak, but I don't think the HTR's are feeding them any more. She is not re-using the old nest as far as I know.
10 days after fledging.
I suppose this should have told me the second one was there.
Look who's there.
Lovely pics MC of the youngster being fed, strange behaviour of HTR and I also think he might have seen the other chicks being attacked or maybe even as Wendy says had a narrow escape himself. I am still waiting for sight of Titch's brood, today he was on the pastry instead of mealies, so continue to hope for signs. Unless the first brood has failed and he is courtship feeding again.
Wish they could have done it earlier in the day. It was about 8-45pm and I was using the 400mm lens too. Glad to get a record of the event. Usually he is nearby keeping an eye on things. Maybe they felt safe as it was later in the day?
What a great capture!
Just found this one on the SD card. It was taken on the 16th and was very late in the evening and through the window, so poor quality. This was the first time I had seen them bathing at the same time. Another 'behaviour box' ticked.
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