All credit for this post, about the successful nesting of a pair of whistling kites, goes to one of the site’s readers, John MacFadyen. John got in touch to tell me about the birds and ask if I’d like to see a photo. Of course I did, and I thought others would like to see them too. John has kindly agreed to let me post the beautiful photos on here and also gave me a bit of background – all of these pictures were taken by John.
The whistling kites were nesting in the far South-West of WA, South of Bunbury. It’s just as well that John has a great zoom lense as the birds made it very clear to him if they thought he was getting too close!
They chose a very tall tuart tree to nest in, building the nest very high up. (A tuart is a type of eucalyptus native to SW WA, and upto 35m high). This picture was from October 24th.
Here’s the last chick to leave the nest, taken on November 10th.
The magpies weren’t very impressed with their neighbours and were typically fearless chasing the kites away from their nest. My son has been dive-bombed by magpies regularly for the past month as he walks by in a local park.
A very big thank you to John MacFadyen for sharing this story and his lovely pictures with us. It must have been a real joy to watch them over the last few months.