Back-tracking just a bit, this was an incident that happened last Saturday, two days before Shaft left the nest. I can only speculate about what actually happened, but this is what it looked like to me...
Dad Christo flew some lunch up to the nest, but he withheld the food from the older two kids, intending to feed only the youngest (below on the left).
One of the older siblings (could be Shaft, but I'm not sure) threw a tantrum.
It screamed and held out its talons.
Christo responded by showing who's boss.
They exchanged words...
...and played chicken...
The feisty youngster really wanted what Christo had in his talons.
In the end, the kid backed down, then went into the corner and seemed to pout as Christo fed the youngest. I'm guessing Christo had his reasons for wanting that one particular chick fed exclusively...or maybe he just likes that one best!
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