Both adults and the chicks have been keeping us entertained in the Lyndon Visitor Centre today.
Earlier this afternoon there were a couple of intruders in Manton Bay. John was in Shallow Water and identified one of them as the female 24(10) and the second was a male who didn’t come into the bay, and so he remained anonymous. The two birds briefly landed on the nest in Heron Bay before being seen off by 5R(04)
As the parents both took off from the nest to see of the intruders you can see the chicks following their movements with their eyes; it’s as if they are watching a game of tennis.
During this afternoon’s downpour the Manton Bay female spread out her wings to cover all three of the chicks, protecting them from the wind and rain. It’s quite impressive that she can still almost cover all three of them entirely given the size of them now!
Here is a little clip from yesterday when one of the chicks stood up briefly before falling back down head first, it entertained us and we thought you might like to see it.