Saturday 1 September 2018
This morning I ducked in quickly at about 2:00 pm to look at the nests. The nest near the entry and the whistling kite nest were both empty. Black kites and whistling kites flew on the other side of the road, and had some skirmishes. I could see one had food, which it dropped then caught in the air. A black kite flew over me.
After my shopping, I decided to call in again on the way home, at about 5:45 pm. Both nests were still empty. Black kites flew around the site every so often. I just had a feeling that they were guarding a territory. A whistling kite was calling from a perch in a tree. I saw a magpie – from the middle nest – have a go at it.
At least I thought the calling was the whistling kite. But sometimes the whistle seemed to be coming from where the black kites were flying behind the trees. i couldn’t see where they were very well. I walked towards the entrance nest and was shocked to see a large black kite sitting in it, calling!!
Was it a youngster, calling for food? I didn’t think so, as I hadn’t seen any bird in the nest before. Was it a female, calling for her mate to feed her?
I don’t know when it got into the nest, but after a few minutes it flew out very competently.
Tuesday 4 September 2018
I visited the nest during the week, which I never do, but it has been raining for a couple of days (most unusual). I stayed in the car where I could see the nest. Teh nest looked empty. I saw the black kites fly overhead a few times but they didn’t land in the nest tree or nest.
Sunday 9 September 2018
I visited this morning at about 8:30 am and stayed until 10:00 am. I saw a whistling kite sitting in the whistling kite nest and another in a nearby tree.
I didn’t see any black kites in the nest or nest tree, but periodically up to four flew over the site, sometimes quite low.
Saturday 15 September 2018
I visited the site around lunchtime and saw a whistling kite in the whistling kite nest.
I didn’t see a black kite in the black kite nest but saw one sitting in a tree about 80 m from the nest. It allowed me to approach quite close and take photos that were almost full frame. I hadn’t seen it until I was that close.
There were two black kites that flew over every so often and landed in the nearby trees every so often.
Sunday 16 September 2018
Today I parked across from the site at about 2:30 pm. I watched three black kites fly over the road and on the opposite side to the nest tree. I did not see a bird in the nest or any birds approach the nest.
As a bonus, I think I saw a swamp harrier and later an Australian hobby go over. A magpie had a good go at one of the black kites.
Saturday 6 October 2018
I’ve been away on holidays so haven’t visited the nests for 3 weeks. I stopped by at about 4:30 pm and couldn’t see any birds in the black kite nest. But after about 15 minutes of watching, I heard a black kite whistling. I saw it fly in and land on a branch about 2 m from the nest. It seemed to be eating but flew away without visiting the nest. No birds responded to it from in the nest.
I had a quick look at the whistling kite nest to see if any other birds had taken it over. As I drove up to it, a whistling kite flew out of the tree. I don’t know if it was on the nest, or in the tree, or an adult or juvenile.
Thursday 8 November 2018
I can’t believe I haven’t visited for so long! I stopped at the nest site for a while this afternoon and to my surprise, a pair of whistling kites landed at the black kite nest; one on the nest and one beside it.
A black kite was circling over the area, and I also saw a grey goshawk and black-shouldered kite!