Jan 11 2011
It was a big year. On March 20 Tasha, the long-standing female at Gulf, lost her nest to Dori even though she’d already laid two eggs in it. On April 2 Dori began laying her own eggs next to Tasha’s and by April 7 the nest held five eggs from two mothers. All five nestlings fledged and only one, Blue Girl, is known to have died. Quite a successful year for all that drama!
I tried to pack everything into the slideshow but it was hard. The picture above didn’t make the cut, but you’ll like it. It shows Dori and Louie getting to know each other. Louie had just brought Dori (at left) a huge, tasty meal which is now bulging in her crop (notice her throat!). Now that she’s been fed they’re bowing to cement their pair bond. Behind Louie you can almost see Tasha’s two eggs waiting to be joined by Dori’s three.
Click on their picture to watch the slideshow.
Special thanks to everyone who sent me images from the webcam last spring and to Jim Altier and Sharon Leadbitter for contributing their photos.
(photos in the slideshow are from the National Aviary Gulf Tower webcam, Jim Altier and Sharon Leadbitter)