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Australian kookaburras
December 11, 2013  
-  3 baby kooks ready to fledge.
Double cam setup - one inside nest box, one outside.
The parents and siblings from other years sit out in the trees kookapurring encouragement to jump
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kookaburra-outside-view
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/karawarrakookaburra


FLEDGE DAY  December 12, 2013
The first kooka chick shot outta that hole too fast to get a pic!
And I was all ready to snap it too!  So these are the second bird to fledge.
#3 spent another day inside the nest box.



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K3 fledged December 14
These the last pics of him Dec. 13 - There was no cams after that.
The kooka extended family are happily laughing together in the trees of Australia.

The female kookaburra averages larger and has less blue to the rump than the male.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughing_Kookaburra

My own speculation based on eaglets, the males tend to be smaller and fledge first.
Were the 2 larger kookas female?  Is Bandit male?  I dunno.



15 Dec. 2013
K3 the last kookaburra fledged Saturday, December 14, 2013
Unfortunately there was no video cams that day.  Sad
So my pics of k3 are the last kookapics inside the nestbox.

karawarrabbird (ken, the cam guy) posted Dec. 15
Heard the youngsters calling out this morning - hope to get some pics/video of them to post

Ken posted kookaburra videos link for us.
http://www.karawarrakookaburra.blogspot.com.au

Willie Wagtail
Ken will set cam up on these birds
http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Rhipidura-leucophrys

Yawning is moving food from crop to stomach.
CJ

kookaburra fledglings
16 Dec. 2013
Ken took a great video!  He has adults and all 3 flegling kookas!
Its really cute - and those birds are LOUD!  Haha!
He even shows the bowerbird area.
Ken will have a live cam in a couple days on a wagtail nest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-xHUP4Ec6w

ken will move camera to Willy Wagtail nest when rain clears
http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Rhipidura-leucophrys
http://www.karawarrakookaburra.blogspot.com.au

Australian Kookaburra Eating
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhL8orTPUU0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szum2i-6z78

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Willy Wagtail nest - Australia
Dec. 17, 2013

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/willy-wagtail-nest---australia

Willie Wagtail aka Australian Nightingale
Both male and female share the duty of raising the chicks
The Willie Wagtail is insectivorous and spends much time chasing prey in open habitat.
Aggressive and territorial, the Willie Wagtail will often harass much larger birds such as the Laughing Kookaburra and Wedge-tailed Eagle.
The male and female have similar plumage; the head, throat, upper breast, wings, upperparts, and tail are all black, with a white eyebrow, 'whiskers' and underparts.
The Wagtail is very "chatty" and has a number of distinct vocalisations. Its most-recognised sound is its alarm call which is a rapid chit-chit-chit-chit, although it has more melodious sounds in its repertoire.
Willie Wagtails usually pair for life. The breeding season lasts from July to December, more often occurring after rain in drier regions. Anywhere up to four broods may be raised during this time. It builds a cup-like nest on a tree branch away from leaves or cover, less than 5 m (16 ft) above the ground.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Wagtail
CJ

Dec 19, 2013  
The male white eyebrow is thicker than the female.
One appears larger but I can find no info on which is which.
One nestling kept hanging his head wayyyyyy over the side, looking down.   Laughing

Dec 20, 2013  
The young grow fast.  You may hear a peacock 'MEOW' or chickens or the kookaburra
CJ

December 22, 2013
They fledged already!  
    Shocked
Ken found one on the ground and put it back in the nest -
and the other 2 jumped out!
I awoke in the morning - and the nest was empty!
I hear a distant twittering of one baby.
camwotchin got the pic of one young with Mum on branch.
Well, internet information said they fledge in 2 weeks.  WOW.

Mum Willy Wagtails are smaller than the males.
I saw both parents together at nest twice this past week - but not fast enuf to snip a pic.
CJ

Willy Wagtails

Willy Wagtails
December 23, 2013
 Raining hard

Nest is in Rose valley, NSW, SE AUSTRALIA
I woke today to see Mum wagtail on the nest, wings spread over her young, rain droplets on the wings.
Video got too dark to see anything but I could still hear sounds.
Kookaburras laughing, squawking, other sounds in the rain.
Whole lotta racket after dark!

I doubt the nestlings will remain long - back in the nest, but parents are feeding them there.
I dont know anything about the third nestling.

Nest is in Rose valley, NSW, SE AUSTRALIA
I woke today to see Mum wagtail on the nest, wings spread over her young, rain droplets on the wings.
Video got too dark to see anything but I could still hear sounds.
Kookaburras laughing, squawking, other sounds in the rain.
Whole lotta racket after dark!

I doubt the nestlings will remain long - back in the nest, but parents are feeding them there.
I dont know anything about the third nestling.


Dec 23, 2013
DAWN 12-24 Australia (12-23 USA)
Mum wag and one of the nestlings are having a major tussle!
She is sitting on him and the nest - and he is fighting to be free.
Im not sure whats going on.


Dec 24, 2013  
Christmas Eve

I was surprised to wake today and find both replaced chicks still in the nest.
They are VERY aggressive.


And away they go - on Christmas Day


camwotchin videos
New Zealand Fantail
, very similar to Willy Wagtails and so cute to observe
http://youtu.be/bsMl3Pjr5pE
http://youtu.be/bqBqUIWBt0Y
CJ

BOWERBIRD
bowerbird in Australia too and you will be lucky to glimpse him.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/karawarra-bowerbird

Satin Bowerbird of Australia
females are predominantly olive green
Bowerbirds are omnivorous, eat fruits, berries, and insects
Their breeding season is from October to January.
pale brownish buff eggs with irregular lines of dark brown, purple
http://www.drellenrudolph.com/featureanimals/satinbowerbird.html

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