The three baby Grey Shrike-thrushes have grown extremely fast & now have a good coat of feathers. They’ve just hopped out the nest for the first time while we were working right next to them, and practised a bit of low level flying with their mum.
What a relief. Last night we found a domestic cat complete with collar & bell stalking around not far from their shed nest. Zuki & I chased it off. We have a zero tolerance to feral cats, or any cat, wandering around in the country at night. It’s not uncommon to see feral cats as big as our dog around here. The last statistic I heard was cats are responsible for killing a million native animals per year!