Friday, April 30, 2010
A day in the life of the eyasses - eat, eat, eat, sleep
The eyasses are now over a week old, and grow bigger and stronger each day. The parent hawks are doing a superb job satisfying their offsprings' insatiable hunger.
Here are the eyasses lined up waiting for the next morsel. Yesterday's sun created some glare which has washed out the color in these images.
The tiercel not only brings the food to the nest, but he helps the formel feed the eyasses. Here we can see the difference in size between the parents.
The eyasses wait patiently for the next beakful. Because the tiercel is doing such an excellent job bringing food to the nest, we have so far not seen too much pecking and food-aggression amongst the siblings.
The parents also share the food generously with each other.
Despite his almost non-stop hunting activity, the tiercel still finds time to bring back some greenery as well to the nest. What a guy!
Though the larder is overflowing with food, here comes another mouse.
Because the third egg hatched almost two full days after the first two, that eyass (in the middle below) is slightly smaller than the others, and sometimes has to wait till its siblings can eat no more before it gets its turn to be fed.
Here is the formel reaching around the others to feed the smallest one.
The tiercel is a devoted parent. Not only is he hunting non-stop for his family, but when he brings the prey to the nest, he also helps tear it up into tiny morsels and then carefully feeds the babies.
In an extraordinarily tender moment, he also fed the formel, making sure that she was getting her share of the food.
When everyone has eaten, the haggards (parent hawks) take a break from the nest, leaving the eyasses crashed out in another food coma among the gory remains of their rabbit lunch.
A family portrait!