The morning routine has changed from previous years. When we wake, the chicks sit in the pot plant by themselves. We can see Pot Plant Owl on a garage roof a few metres away, in sight of the nest. Pappa sits under a tree on our wall on the other side of the house. The parents stay in the roosting places for an hour or two, until eventually, in broad daylight, Pappa flies to his 'proper' roosting spot, and Pot Plant Owl joins her chicks on the balcony. What has made them decide to fly during the day and do this little routine of swopping places, who knows!
More and more grey, patterned feathers are appearing on the chicks. This morning we watched Pot Plant Owl feed the chicks and within 10 minutes, they were each double the size they were. They comfortably look over the pot now, whereas just a few days ago, they couldn't see over the lip of the pot.
What do they eat? Mostly insects - King crickets, flying ants - then birds, we've seen them eat small snakes etc