The formel seemed increasingly intent on the surrounding airspace, as if looking for him, and she flew off the nest a couple of times, leaving the eyasses alone and unprotected. In the remarkable video below, we see the formel returning to her still only hours old hatchlings carrying a sizeable leafy branch which she then gently places over them, as if to camouflage and protect them.
Was she thinking that she had to go out on a hunting expedition for food, and needed to protect the defenseless eyasses?
Just as it was starting to look quite serious for the welfare of the eyasses, the tiercel zoomed in with a large pigeon-sized meal for his formel. If we could read beaks, the formel was probably saying something along the lines of, "Where the HECK have you been? And how am I supposed to feed these little guys with that tough old bird? Get back out there, and bring me back some eyass food, and be quick about it!"
The video clip below shows the tiercel making two food deliveries, the second of which is a small mouse, in which the formel immediately shows great interest and then takes to carefully feed the now very hungry eyasses.
Following the video is commentary from John Blakeman on these events.
John Blakeman comments:
He now has a giant task for the next 10 to 14 days or so, where he has provide for two haggards, his formel and himself, and two fast-growing eyasses. The formel won't be off hunting for some time yet. Lots of weight on the tiercel's wings now.