Cape Wagtails: The third sitting

They did it!!  The wagtail pair have successfully produced their second brood of the season.  After the bad luck of losing the last nest and having to abandon four eggs they triumphed by fledging three little chicks today.

Cape wagtail chicks

Baby fluff

There was a lot of wriggling in the nest, the dominant chick stands on two siblings.

Wagtail chick_ the littlest.

The two larger chicks ventured further and flew off over the garden wall, while this little one found shelter under the garden bench.  The parent birds started rebuilding their third nest on the 7th October and five weeks later the chicks have fledged.  They will continue feeding them for another couple of weeks and I hope that they will stay awhile in the shelter of the backyard.

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