Twins in the tree tops while the tempest blows

After further observation since Friday I could see that the two Tui fledglings were spending a lot of time in the Mahoe tree in our garden. I had seen the parent/s return to feed their young and when the gales subsided there were times when I could hear the now familiar squeaking calls.

No matter how much I tried the little point and shoot camera, with its limited zoom lens, was not going to capture these two young birds at such a special time in their lives.

I have no idea how long the “twins” will remain dependent on the parent birds so I figured a call to action was needed today.

The weather is foul with driving drizzle swirling on the back of a very gusty southerly wind. The fledglings are wise and shelter within the Mahoe, sometimes together and sometimes a branch or two away from each other.
My son has a swish Canon camera with a stronger zoom lens and he was happy to pop over late this afternoon and brave the elements in an effort to take some photos for me. The light was awful due to the low cloud and drizzle and to make matters worse the sun was breaking through at the perfect angle to spoil shots. The incessant, gusting wind of up to 50kms at times meant trees thrashing about and the little birds being blown about very vigorously at times. And the birds were particularly active.

But here are some of the results.
The parent bird returned at one point and the fledglings flew into a birch tree calling demandingly. Here they are hoping the parent will return to them with food while the storm buffets them with some ferocity.

We decided to return inside and allow the family to regroup without our attentions.


14 thoughts on “Twins in the tree tops while the tempest blows

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      A stronger zoom and more features on the camera have made all the difference Juliet. My son did a great job in very unfriendly conditions. The parent birds are doing a wonderful job.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I will pass on your thanks. I am thrilled to have a record of these cuties. They were holding on desperately in the worst of the wind. The Mahoe tree was a better home and they were back there later this afternoon.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Aren’t they attractive? It has been a busy day for them again today but with some bumbling flying around the garden. I cannot see a nest but maybe there is one or two nearby. Exciting stuff. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos:-)

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Jo. He did do well given the howling gale that was gusting the trees and birds about.
      Things got a bit trickier today as the fledglings learn to fly. We’ve had four bumps into windows late today. My daughter suggests we leave the curtains closed to help them avoid the windows.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thank you for your encouraging comment Mary. Can you believe the twins became quads? Birds don’t hatch and fledge all together so I can only surmise that the extra two were a day or so after the twins.
      I am finding it all very interesting. So much so that I am keeping some notes on the Tuis in the garden now.

  1. Toya

    You have certainly had a treat with them so close to your home. We have the odd adult bird visiting our feeder but have yet to see any youngsters in our yard. Well done you and your son!

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Toya. Yah for a better camera and user thereof. I am thrilled with the record. My daughter counted 7 Tui visiting the feeder in 4 minutes one day last week. We have seen juveniles at the feeder but these fledglings are extra special and in fact there were four fledglings in the Mahoe yesterday afternoon. Where are you located (generally not specific address) BTW I messaged you on FB but it said my message to you would go to your “other” inbox or folder seeing as I was not a friend…does that make sense?


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