This morning was a wet and dark start to the day, with Maya looking very wet while incubating the eggs!
Maya was looking very fidgety, getting up and down and rearranging the eggs all morning. Could it be that she could feel some movement?
At approximately 11.30am Maya stood up and 33 appeared back on the nest, initially looking like he was going to incubate for a while. He knew something was happening however and stared at the egg as a crack started to appear, and shortly after the first chick hatched! Check out the action in the clip below….
We are so thrilled to see the first chick of 2017, and just a day after one of 33 and Maya’s first chicks together returned home to Rutland Water! Now begins the countdown for the remaining three….