Here is a link to some backstory, then I’m going to write about this year’s whistling kite nesting to see if it’s successful.
Saturday 14 April 2018
A small park where I previously found nesting birds of prey is now being dug up for development. I can’t see the nest tree, which used to have three nests in it. I think it may have been cut down
A pond that has been home to water birds as long as I can remember is now surrounded by mud.
Sunday 6 May 2018
I saw a pair of whistling kites in a tree in the park!
Then, as I walked carefully around the trees, I saw a small nest that is well hidden.
The developers have been working around the trees.
Sunday 20 May 2018
Today, I visited the park. I could see three birds of prey circling over the flat land several hundred metres away so I walked towards the nest tree to get a photo of the nest. To my surprise, a head popped up!
I felt terrible about disturbing an incubating bird so I retreated and left the park.
Saturday 2 June 2018
Today I did a five minute check of the nest. I drove the car into the park and stayed inside, so I was not a threat. An adult was on the nest.
Nearby (50-80 m), two wood ducks and a purple swamphen were clinging to their destroyed habitat.
Sunday 24 June 2018
As I drove to the site, I saw both whistling kites in the air, chasing some ravens. When I drove in, I couldn’t see where they went. They didn’t appear to be in the nest, but seemed to be defending it.
Sunday 1 July 2018
Today I had a quick look at the site just before dark. I saw one whistling kite fly to the normal guard roost tree. There are big piles of sand and soil even closer to the nest tree.
Thee are signs that people have been driving around the nest tree itself.