|14th August 2010, Kemensah, Selangor |
We had heavy thunderstorms and extremely strong winds yesterday. Picked up the morning paper and the headline was ‘ 3 killed at Ramadhan Bazaar in Jasin, Melaka’ when the temporary structures were carried away by the strong wind-so sad to learn about the tragic loss of lives.
I was anxious to find out how the Treeswifts fared after the thunderstorm. When I arrived at the nest I saw that the tree had sprouted new shoots/ leaves so I couldn’t immediately spot the chick. A long sigh of relief when I saw the chick basking and spreading her wings in the early morning sunshine. Phew……
It was day 20 from when the chick was first sighted (25th July 2010). I think she could be 23 days old today. The white head stripes were clearly visible and she now looked like a ‘mini’ whiskered treeswift. My feeling is that the chick could be a ‘ he’.
Judging by the progress I think the chick should fledge in about a week, I certainly hope so! I only have until 25th August before going on a long leave.
Any suggestions on the names? I was thinking ‘Hakem’ for a male and ‘Esah’ if it’s a female – she’s from Kemensah!
I caught Dad dozing off a few times and was startled when he was about to lose his balance and fall off the tree! Raising a young is no easy task, it takes a heavy toll on your body.
Working those newly developed wing muscles. It wont be long now before those muscles will have to function for real.
Notes: I didn’t know that I had more ‘reach’ stored in my camera bag than I had realized. My old Kenko 1.4x TC had some problems with the contacts and I had replaced it with the Nikkor 14EII. It looked ridiculous at first when I tried putting the two TCs together on the 300mm f4 lens but I was surprised that I now have an 882mm reach ( D90 1.5x crop) with full working electronics and autofocus , WoW!. You can do this with Kenko TC since the front glass element does not protrude and touch the rear elements of the Nikkor TC. Image quality is definitely better than the manual 2x TC which I had used previously and having the autofocus helps tremendously.