Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Chilean Flamingo Chicks of all sizes!

It may be due to our strange weather this year that we have Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) chicks ranging from two weeks to five months of age this year!  As readers will remember, we had a warm, early spring during which time there was an early flurry of of egg-laying, incubation and subsequent hatchings.  This then tapered off during our rather patchy summer conditions and resulted in intermittent hatchings through the damp, mid-summer months – right up until quite recently with ‘late arrivals’ appearing once the summer finally came into its own in early September!
I’ve included a couple of images – one showing different Chilean chick sizes in our flock – the other of an adult bird feeding her large chick:

Young Chileans (resized) Sept 10 DSC_0737
Photography: Jules Brittan, General Manager, Seaview Wildlife Encounter

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