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This is pretty well it. All chicks are fledged now and I may try and get some free-flight snaps of the youngsters to post but essentially it’s finished ...

November 26:

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A quiet moment in the sun

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Precarious exercise

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Intense waiting

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A quick starling delivery ...mantled, dismantled, and bolted ...

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Chilling out ...

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How popular can a starling be ...?

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Got all directions covered

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Preening as beak-to-beak nibbles still sometimes occurs

November 27:

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We have lift-off ... even if only for 1m ... but the camera is malfunctioning

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Itching to go ...

November 28:

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Some serious competition happens

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Hiya!

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Lift-off again

November 29:

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So, swearing can fix a camera ... streamlining and the waterproofing bloom now apparent

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Except for the stockiness, this could be mistaken for an Australian hobby

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Getting the good oil

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Very dignified except for the starling scrap

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A languid stretch ... note how much longer the wing is now

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Stalking a blowy

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See this starling ... it’s coming for ya

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Dad looks frightened of being mugged

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Hang the waiting ... I’m off ...

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... really I am ...

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Maybe tomorrow ...

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Another gentle moment

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Getting very casual with the edge now ...

November 30:

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Asleep with the beak under the wing ... from the back

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A frantic mantle over breakfast. One chick fledged yesterday ... at 44 days-old ... and she can intercept food deliveries ...

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A bit of preening ...

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... and a ruffle

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... and a crap off the edge

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... and the slightly older one is ready to go

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The classic wide-shouldered build is very obvious in this quiet moment

December 1:

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Early summer exercises ...

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... and a preen

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The far bird is dismantling a starling ... while the other begs, hoping for another

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An undignified scramble as another is delivered ...

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... and taken to the back ledge where a kill bite is applied instinctively ... needed or not ...

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... then eaten as the other, relaxed waits, the orange beak shows this starling is an adult

December 2:

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... with her two sisters gone and no doubt intercepting food, the third screams like a banshee

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Not a skerrick of down and nicely proportioned, the wings have about 3cm and the tail about 1.5cm to grow

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Deliveries of takeaway juvenile starlings are more than enough

December 3:

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The recalcitrant is still there at the crack of dawn ...

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... but now she’s gone; confirmed by telescope

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Taking advantage of the empty-nest syndrome ... mum arrives to clean up scraps ...

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