I love springtime and I love seeing chicks. There’s plenty of action around at the moment. The magpie-larks have left the nest but are still living in the garden, semi-reliant on mum and dad for feeding.
We had 4 chicks hatch. Sadly, 1 fell (or was pushed) out of the nest very early on. Even more distressing was when another was squeezed out only a week or so before it would have been able to fly. It was very stressed – so were the parents. Not surprisingly, it didn’t survive.
For several days the chicks left the nest but stayed in the tree, hopping between the nearby branches and practicing flapping.
This is the tiny nest of a Wagtail. The nest is about 2m below the magpie-larks’ nest and it’s only about 6cm across. They don’t seem to have eggs yet as they aren’t sitting on the nest much.
This is a purple swamp-hen chick. Something of an ugly duckling, but it won’t be long before he looks like this …….
Adult purple swamp-hen at Yanchep National Park.
And the ospreys? Still no chicks, but mum is sitting on the nest and I think it should only be about a week before the eggs hatch. It’s up at 30 degrees C now so it’s hot work sitting out in exposed sunlight all day. You can see the mum ‘panting’ to keep cool. Hopefully I’ll write another chicks post in a few weeks with wagtails, wattle-birds and ospreys in action.