So how many chicks do Joy and Dave have?
|You can see 8 gapes and 1 closed beak here.|
|Does this picture taken a few seconds later show 10?|
You can definitely see 10 beaks here - even though they are all closed.
So every egg has hatched successfully and produced a viable chick.
Nature has devised an excellent way of helping the parents know where to put food!
Joy and Dave!
Dave is at the top and Joy at the bottom - their head feathers are easily distinguished - and both appear to be carrying food for the chicks.
|Nine hungry chicks in Box2 towards the end of the day.|
this is a shot of Amy in Box1. Trying to decide how many chicks have
successfully hatched from the huge clutch that Amy was sitting on is much
Here you can distinguish 7 chicks, but she probably has more.
I wonder whether the eggs laid by the other female were fertile?