09 May 2012

Bea has moved the third egg to the outer edge of the "nest bowl" (see arrow). No idea what happened to the chick and why it was unable to break through its shell.

GV and RJ are sprouting like weeds and as viewer Peter noted, both chicks are pretty equal in size. We'll have to see if GV is dominant over RJ or if they both call it a draw.

Chicks fighting each other can be quite brutal and hard to watch. This is a natural and an adaptive behavior. The aggressive behavior allows the dominant chick to receive its meal before other chicks and ensures a regulating brood size of healthy, strong chicks that can be raised on the available food.

As of this post, GV and RJ decided to duke it out. Each one getting in some hard blows while Bea was off to the side preening herself.  We'll have to see how nice the two siblings remain to each other.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I missed the duke out, and now it looks like Bea has things under control. Funny that they would be aggressive to each other when there is no food being given out.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

I missed the duke out also. Probably for the best anyway. I am greatful to view nature at its finest, but still struggle with human emotions.

Anonymous said...

Very obliging of Bea to move the third egg front and center, just as we were discussing it!

I also missed the duke out. Ditto to the post above -- I second that emotion about the difficulty of watching sibling rivalries. Dunedin already got past one, and the remaining chick is strong indeed and growing fast. The Montana cams last year were hard to watch, as the flooding rivers made it difficult to catch fish, so the competition for food was tough to watch.

Oh well, Nature's Way I guess!

Peter

Anonymous said...

Huge fish in the nest!

Peter

moderator said...

Peter,

The fish that you commented on appears to have been a mullet. They usually are in calm waters close to shore, around mouths of streams and inlets, and brackish bays and lagoons. Usually found in schools over sand or mud bottoms and they feed occasionally at the surface.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Bea and chicks are waiting for some breakfast this morning. Jasper, where are you with a big fish?

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Whale in the nest!

Is that a flounder or some other flat fish? Or maybe some kind of leaf which the sun is reflecting off of?

Peter

moderator said...

Good morning Peter,

I thought the same thing when I saw the flounder. Seems Jasper knows of a great fishing spot. The flounder that he brought in Friday went through four feedings for the entire family. He's doing a great job providing for all of them.

Anonymous said...

Great close up of Bea feeding her little chicks this morning. Looks like Mama is taking good care of them and they are doing well.

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

Yes, the chicks look healthy and are being well fed by Jasper. Bea is doing a good job of distributing the fish amongst GV and RJ. GV appears to be the dominant chick of the two.

Anonymous said...

How many years have Bea and Jasper been mates?

moderator said...

This is Bea and Jasper's second season on our communication tower.