But I was filled with joy when I snooped towards the nest tree and saw two of these enormous baby hawks prancing around in and about their nest, jumping and wing flapping, preparing for flight, and then snuggling together in the nest.
I waited for awhile searching for the third one and all of the sudden I saw it flying and then landing clumsily on the branch of a cedar tree that was really far away (about 60 feet) from the nest tree, looking very brave and wiggling its tail feathers.
Definitely this has to be H1, the eldest of the three.
|H1 has fledged|
|H2 and H3 in nest. Still not ready to fledge?|
And then, in the midst of the incoming storm and 'chasing' the fledgling with my camera I caught Matias mounting Alba. The pics aren't very good but definitely a (very quick!) mating took place:
|Parents Alba (on branch) and Matias (above) keeping watch over fledgling|
|Matias flies away and Alba remains on branch|
|Matias returns, pecks at Alba's foot|
|Matias pecks at Alba's head|
|Then, Matias mounts Alba|
|A view from a distance of the hawks' favorite 'perch tree'|