The darter/cormorant nests have been moving closer and closer to Princes Bridge. This is good for those of us who love observing them. It does mean that the parents have to be a bit more cautious.
This female darter chose to nest in an area that was protected by foliage. It was so awesome to see that they had hatched. They weren’t begging, which I’ve seen them do at a very young age. Instead, the mother was working very hard to protect them from the sun.
It *would* be interesting to see if parenting behaviour changes according to how warm the month is. I’d have no idea how to document that however and really, I don’t have the time.
Meanwhile, the chicks in the main nest have been growing up nicely
I am contemplating turning this into a proper research project, rather then just a group of images and musings I make whenever I can get to Balyang. I’d need to look into research methods, what type of information would be useful and if there are any tools that could help me. And if anyone would actually be interested. Let’s face it, I’m time poor and unemployed. Would this be the best use of my time?
My goals with this blog, and my wildlife observations in general, are changing. It isn’t financially feasible to go back to uni so I need to figure out how I can contribute to wildlife conservation. However, that is another story and shall be told another day.
P.S I so need a better system for post titles? How many variations about darters and cormorants can one person come up with?