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Good news is that the ptz camera was reset this morning and I managed to get this really intimate shot of Tom and Charlie mating this afternoon. I don't think I have shared one before where Charlie's cloaca is as visible.
Other good news is that they're back mating on the ledge again. We've already passed the date the first egg was laid in 2018 and 2017 (17 March), how many more days will Charlie wait for...?
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Still no egg but they're working on it...
Tom brought in a Moorhen on Friday (it was lucky that I could zoom in on that part of the ledge).
I am still waiting for the ptz camera to be fixed so I don't have many shots to share at the moment.
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Apologies for the lack of updates in the last few days, due to a mixture of life/work and the weather. The weather has meant that they are not been spending much time on the ledge (Charlie has stopped roosting there), that the ptz camera has been knocked out of alignment (I am waiting for it to be reset but I cannot zoom in on the nest box or ledge corner) and that there are motion triggered events every couple of minutes making the process of checking the recording a longer task...
Here are a few shots from Tuesday and Wednesday. Quite a few visits to the nest box by Tom, a few courtship displays inside the box, some food exchanges, but no mating on the ledge on those 2 days. When you see how much the cameras are shaking in the wind, I am not blaming them...
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Some shots from today. Not many as they spent very little time on the ledge, though they mated there 3 times. Charlie considered roosting by the wall but took refuge inside the nest box after 4 minutes this evening... ... See MoreSee Less

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Tom arrived as I was still moving the camera into position...
The wind has moved the camera and all my presets are out so I was a bit slower than usual getting it in position. It still gives a decent view, don't you think? They are mating there so much I am glad I was finally around to get it on camera.
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A few shots from this weekend. It has been windy... So they haven't spent a lot of time on the ledge. They mated there twice on Saturday and once on Sunday. They are mating elsewhere as I have spotted them at it on some of their perches, I have just shared a video of one of these occasions. They seem to have matings quite close to each other, there were 11 minutes between their 2 ledge matings yesterday. This morning I was counting Ladybirds in the cemetery and heard/saw them mating again within about 10 minutes.
Two things have happened I don't recall seeing before, probably because of the wind:
- Tom brought a House Sparrow (second this week) and went inside the nest box to eat it (that is until Charlie came round and he gave the rest to her)
- Tom spent a few minutes lying down inside the nest box this afternoon.
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I haven't recorded them mating on this perch before, because Charlie has only been starting to use this perch this year. I suspect the current windy conditions are why. This doesn't look like the most comfortable position for Tom. On the other hand maybe he likes the support... ... See MoreSee Less

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Quite a few shots from today. For the first time Tom brought a Parakeet to Charlie (well, part of a Parakeet ;) ), she sat holding it for quite a while then cached it and ate it many hours later.
They spent a lot more time on the ledge today, and Tom was in and out of the nest box like a yo yo for a good part of the day. Charlie did something I don't remember her doing before: she went inside the nest box to shout at an intruder. This is something Tom does a lot however.
At time of writing (8.40pm) Charlie is sitting inside the nestbox, she's been there since 5.15pm.
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Tom and Charlie mated on the ledge 4 times today, that is the 4th one. I haven't shared many clips of them mating this year so I thought I ought to... ... See MoreSee Less

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A few shots from today. Again, due to the weather, they didn't spend a lot of time on the ledge. Charlie didn't even spend the whole night there, bailing out after about one hour. They did mate on there twice however, 20 minutes apart, early this morning. They had a great courting session inside the nest box late afternoon (Tom had been sheltering in it for about 15 minutes by then ;) )
The first shot is Charlie's night roost spot, you can see she is spending a lot of time there ;)
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