Would you believe that after over 12 hours spent waiting on tenterhooks for the first Manton Bay chick to hatch, the second has come along in a matter of minutes this afternoon.
Often when the chicks hatch there is a few days between them, the same as the laying of the eggs so we were a little bit surprised, albeit pleasantly so, to see the arrival of the second chick so soon after the first.
We noticed the egg tooth poking through the shell and within a few minutes it was fully hatched; with a little help from the Manton Bay female. Here is a sequence of clips from the hatching.
It will be a few hours before the youngest chick is ready to feed but meanwhile the older of the two has been eating well on the roach which was brought in by 5R earlier today.