In this extraordinary year of 2020, our resident Wonga couple have been producing chicks throughout winter. Remember Peter Costello’s quote on offspring, ‘One for Mum, one for Dad and one for the country?‘ Well, they have truly taken this to heart.
There have been two single ones, dear little Spirit and then baby June, and now they are nesting again.
It is now mid July. One partner is getting a little testy ‘I’ve been calling for so long, Where is that wretched fellow?” Yes, I’m sure it was the male who was dragging the chain.
Thank goodness! He finally turned up.
Quick, hop on before the bloomin eggs freeze!
27 JULY 2020 Poor birds, has been pouring for several days here in Blackheath …..aka ‘Bleakheath’.
28 JULY 2020 – Oh dear, after several days of incessant rain and low temperatures….DISASTER. Just when I was thinking the eggs would be hatching soon, the Wonga nest in a nearby cedar tree has been abruptly abandoned. Winter has taken its toll.
Do you think our sweet Wongas have decided to take a break now until spring? It would be so sensible, and they did seem to be having a serious discussion about it. However, they were on their lovemaking seat, so…..
By the way, Mr Wonga could be forgiven for being a little worn out.
But not a bit of it. After some comforting and bonding, they are trying again. Yes, straight away. Unbelievable! I suspect they may fulfill Mr Costello’s edict afterall.
29 JULY 2020 – Just after breakfast.
30 JULY 2020 – Back on the old nest already, repairing it and bonding as ‘wedded’ Wongas do.
2 AUGUST 2020 – Much activity on the mating seat!
I never cease to marvel at Mother Nature, and our sweet, fascinating Wonga couple. Good luck my friends.