Summary:

A first breeding for me was the Kookaburras. It seems to go so well and without any difficulty, though I am in debt to other bird keepers for their good husbandry advice. Next first for me was the Yuhinas, pity it was only one baby to hatch and fledge. Hopefully, the pair will go on to produce many more in 2008. The White Tailed Jays being the biggest disappointment losing the baby on fledging.

Also successfully bred were Azure Winged Magpies, Spreo Starlings, Bourkes Parakeets, Senegal Parrots, Timneh Parrots, Java and Diamond Doves, Canaries, Zebra and Bengalese Finches.

Winter arrives .....:

The first winter frost. (24/11/07)
The Rhea at pasture.

 

Breeding:
Update 18th October:

The Yuhinas last attempt came to nothing.
I have been watching an Azure Winged Magpie checking out a nesting site, no doubt already deciding where to nest next spring.
The White Tailed Jay was also sat at the nest.

 

Breeding:
Update 8th October:

The Spreos attempt came to nothing as expected. The White Crested Laughing Thrushes managed to lay an egg on the floor!
The Yuhinas are incubating again, but I don't expect any success with both parents moulting and the nights getting long and cold.
Finches and Diamond Doves continue to produce.
It will soon be time for the parrots to start breeding.

 

Breeding:
Spreo Starlings:

They are nesting again. Eggs are in the nestbox.

 

Breeding:
Is the season over?:

Whilst it has stopped raining at last, it continues to be cold. Quite a few of the birds are now in moult. The Yuninas are inside, so are still interested, but the outside aviaries are dissappointingly quiet. (Sep 10th)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

They are still caring for something in the nest but has not been seen to leave for me to inspect.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

The nest is again empty

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

They are incubating just one egg. (26th Aug)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

The nest was scrapped but they are attempting to nest again. (26th Aug)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies::

The nest of eggs has dissapeared (26th Aug)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

They are nesting again, and the nest seems to contain three eggs.

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies::

They are nesting again, and a nest contains eggs.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

Unfortunately, the baby did not survive.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

The baby is alive and well and fledged today (01 Aug)

 

Picture:
Azure Winged Magpies::

Note how the tail has grown on this baby Azure Winged Magpie.

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

 

The hen is sitting again.

 

Picture:
White Naped Yuhinas:

Finally a picture of the baby. A shorter tail and crest, otherwise identical to parents.

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

A baby has fledged. (24th July)

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

It is difficult to check the nest but the hen still attacks the wire when I am near so I presume there is still a chick present (16 Jul)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

I could see one baby in pin feather at the nest site (16 Jul)

 

Breeding:
White Crested Laughing Thrushes:

The hen was seen sat at the nest site (16 Jul)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

Despite having to rescue 4 soaked babies from the flooded floor of the avairy, by next day all five were back on the perches.

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

No activity was evident near the nest box, and a check r evealed that the last baby perished at pin feather stage. (16 Jul)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

Five fledged babies have been counted at one time. All looking very similar so assumed from same nest.

 

Picture:
White Naped Yuhinas:

The nest site and the baby.

 

Picture:
Azure Winged Magpies:

The nest site of another pair with a baby.

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies::

The aviary was checked and I am pleased to find that a second nest contains at least one baby which a seems to be in pin feather. No eggs were anywhere else, but a new nest was found. (08 Jul)

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

The nest was checked with the mirror and the baby is still thriving. (08 Jul)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

The parents left the nest and allowed me to see that they have hatched at least one baby. (08 Jul)

 

Breeding:
Spreo Starlings:

They are incubating eggs again. (06 Jul)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies::

A total of four babies were seen in the aviary today (06 Jul)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies::

A total of three babies were seen today. (5th July)

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

There is one baby in the nest that I can see with the inspection mirror. No further eggs seem to be there. There is virtually no nesting material in the wicker basket. This one will need a guardian angel to survive! (04 July)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

A second baby has fledged. It seems they perched all night in the conifer in the aviary. They can both fly quite well. If it's the nest that I photographed then two more should appear soon. (04 July)

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

Little sacks of faeces have been left near the feeding point. I assume they are being removed from the nest box by the parents. Hopefully this indicates that all is well. (04 July)

 

Breeding:
Celestial Parrotlets.:

They have commenced to lay eggs. (04 July)

 

Picture:
Azure Winged Magpies:

The first fledged.

 

 

(04 July)

 

Picture:
Kookaburras:

The Kookaburra family

(04 July)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

A baby has fledged. (3rd July)

 

Breeding:
Kookaburras:

Both babies have fledged. (2nd July)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

I was able to inspect the nest by mirror this morning and am pleased to report that they are incubating three eggs.(01 July)

 

Picture:
Azure Winged Magpies:

The babies in the nest. There seems to be four in pin feather stage.

 

Picture:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

The inside of the nestbox. They seem to have no particular preferance to nesting material. The babies were too low in the nest to be seen on camera.

 

Picture:
Kookaburras:

Baby Kookaburra newly fledged. (01 July)

 

Breeding:
Kookaburras:

The consumption in one day of seven day old chicks confirms that they are still feeding young. The babies can also be heard at times. (27th June)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies::

The chicks are at pin feather stage.(27th June)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

One of the pair is still sat tight.(27th June)

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

A check with a mirror confirmed eggs in the nest.(27th June)

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

For the first time I saw a male approach the nestbox. I placed some fresh mealworms at the feeding point and carefully watched. The same male collected a beakful and entered the box. I can assume there are chicks inside. (24th June)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

For the second day one of the pair is sat at the nest. Whether another egg has been laid, or they have now decided to incubate the one egg laid on the 16th is unknown. (24th June)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

A quick check with the mirror showed several babies progressing nicely. (21st June)

 

Breeding:
Spreo Starlings:

Expecting a second round to follow, I was waiting for an opportunity to check the nest when four eggs appeared on the floor near the door. They were fertile but been removed carefully from the nestby the hen. (21st June)

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

The hen was seen sat at the nest site again.(21st June)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

Only one egg was laid and after a day seen sat it was abandoned. (21st June)

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

The hen leaves the nest whenever I approach the aviary. (21st June)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

First egg. (16th June)

 

Breeding:
White Crested Laughing Thrushes:

The hen was sat at the nest site. (16th June)

 

Picture:
Spreo Starlings:

The baby Spreo just fledged. Note the lack of the white band in the juvenile plumage.

 

Breeding:
Kookaburras:

With the aid of a mirror I could see two babies now in pin feather stage. (14th June)

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

With the aid of a mirror I was able to determine that there are several small babies in the nest. (14th June)

 

Breeding:
Java Doves:

A baby has fledged. (14th June)

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

12th June
A nest was built overnight at one of the nest sites.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

12th June

 

The hen was seen sat at the nestsite.

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

 

12th June
Eggs have been laid. (Hen with orange ring).

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

 

12th June
There are young in one of the nests.

 

Breeding:
Spreo Starlings:

12th June
A baby has fledged.

 

Breeding:
Red Billed Starlings:

12th June
Their nest box has been filled with fresh material.

 

Breeding:
Grey Sided Laughing Thrushes:

12th June
Their original nest has been destroyed so a new nest site was added.

 

Breeding:
Black Throated Laughing Thrushes.:

12th June
Still no proper nest, so a new nest site was added.

 

Breeding:
Ringneck Parakeets:

9th June
Two babies fledged .

 

Breeding:
Rosa Bourke Parakeet:

9th June
Three babies fledged. More eggs in nest box.

 

Breeding:
White Naped Yuhinas:

 

The two birds are not a guaranteed pair, but one of them was displaying. Various nesting sites have been added to the aviary.

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

At last some nesting material in the boxes.

 

Breeding:
Kookaburras:

I was able to check the nest with a mirror whilst both parents were away from the box.
Two young, as big as my hand were seen. Their growth rate is astounding.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

I was disappointed to now find an empty nest.

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

There are now three active nests with eggs.

 

Picture:
Azure Winged Magpies:

One of the nests. A part of hollow log with wood front.

 

Picture:
Azure Winged Magpies:

Some of the birds.

 

Picture:
White Crested Laughing Thrushes:

A view of their nest building.

 

Breeding:
Kookaburras:

2nd May: A dead chick was removed from floor.
3rd May: parent seen stripping food into small pieces for feeding. The hen is rarely seen, so it is presumed that young are in the nestbox.

 

Breeding:
White Crested Laughing Thrushes:

2nd May: They are nestbuilding in the Leylandii tree.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

2nd May: There are chicks in the nest.

 

Breeding:
Spreo Starlings:

After some very cold nights and a severe frost I expected to find an empty nestbox. However they are still rearing their babies. 31st May

 

Breeding:
Kookaburras:

An intermediate check revealed that they laid three eggs.
27th May:
An eggshell from a hatched egg was found on the floor.
28th May
Squeaking from baby chick or chicks was heard from the nestbox
The pair having been quiet since incubation appeared at the front of the aviary while I was watching to make a loud threatening call to a native crow that was venturing near.

 

Breeding:
Spreo Starlings:

May 25th - There are young in the nestbox

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

May 25th - Nest three now contains eggs.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

A quick check of the nest revealed that they have five eggs. May 17th.

 

Breeding:
Spreo Starlings:

They are incubating eggs. May 17th.

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

One nest is now deserted and the other contains just two eggs although they do look fertile. A broken dead in shell was removed proving that they are at least producing fertile eggs. A third nest is being constructed. May 17th.

 

Breeding:
White Tailed Jays:

 

The hen has been seen sat at the nest site, though there does not seem to be a great effort in improving the wicker basket used besides a few pieces of heather twig. May 12th.

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

Two nests are active. One contains 8 eggs and the other 6. May 12th.

 

Breeding:
Red Billed Starlings:

Sadly they decided to eject their young and they were found on the aviary floor. No doubt they will try again. May 12th.

 

Breeding:
First Softbill hatched - Red Billed Starlings:

6 May 2007: Young noted in nestbox.

 

Breeding:
Kookaburras:

 

The disappearance of the female for several hours prompted a peep in the nestbox - two white eggs were seen. (01 May)

 

Breeding:
Black Throated Laughing Thrushes:
02 May Two eggs noted in the morning had dissappeared by the evening.

 

Picture:
San Blas Jay:

The hen left the nest and these infertile eggs were removed.

 

Picture:

Red Billed Starlings:

The nest box hung on the inside flight with screening over entrance hole.

 

Picture:

San Blas Jay:

The view of the San Blas Jay's tail showing her incubating in a wicker basket which she made her nest.

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

25th April: One nest has three eggs.

 

Breeding:

Red Billed Starlings:

 

April 23rd: Not having seen any signs of breeding, I checked the nestbox.
They are incubating five eggs.

 

Breeding:
Mexican House Finches:

 

 

April 23rd: After a search, a nest high up in the aviary was found
They are incubating eggs.

 

Breeding:
Rosa Bourkes:

 

April 23rd:
They are incubating three fertile eggs.

 

Breeding:
Speo Starlings:

 

21st April. The pair have been moved to an avairy by themselves and now have access to nestboxes.

 

Breeding:
Grey Sided Laughing Thrushes:

 

April 22nd: On inspecting the aviary, a nest has been built. It is well built and lined so hopefully eggs will be forthcoming soon.

 

Breeding:
Black Throated Laughing Thrushes:

 

21st April. The pair have been seen carrying large beakfuls of nesting material.

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

21st April. Three nestboxes were added today, three eggs were collected from floor!

 

Breeding:
Azure Winged Magpies:

 

21st April. Two nest sites in the colony have some serious nest building, but no eggs yet.

 

Breeding:
Purple Glossy Starlings:

 

17th April. An egg was seen on the floor today.

 

Breeding:
1st Softbill Egg:
April 15th.

 

The San Blas Jays have laid the first Softbill egg this year.

 

Breeding:
Canaries:

 

 

An inspection of the aviaries containing the Canaries revealed three nests with babies in. April 11th.

 

Breeding:
Ringneck Parakeets:

 

All three pairs have laid eggs - the first pair's eggs hatched on Friday 6th April.

 

Picture:
Red Billed Blue Magpie:

This male is a joy to watch in the aviary. I am still hopeful that a female will be found for him.

 

Picture:
Senegal Parrots:

These were born in late 2006 and here they are weaned.

 

Picture:
Kakarikis:

We have a pair of these Lutino Kakarikis. Very pretty and playful.

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