Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cape Wagtails enthrall Guests at River Bend Lodge

Wagtails at the Bar!

There are 6 different species of Wagtails in South Africa. The most common of these is the Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis.....and on the 24th of September 2012 we had 3 chickens born to one of the resident pairs of Wagtails at River Bend Lodge in a shrub right outside the Bar.

Guests passing the Bar Area were enthralled at being privileged to get such a close encounter with the Wagtail Family as they raised their 3 chickens....all of which survived and are now part of the River Bend Lodge Team!!!

I apologize for the poor quality of these images, but I used natural light as I did not want to cause unnecessary disturbance. I will research how to get better photographs in case they do this all over again next Spring.

At the nest with newly born offspring

Photo taken 25th September 2012 1 day old

1 Week later

Feeding time

Each chicken got a turn

This was something we all a bird keeps the nest clean.
In this case the chicken sidled up to the side of the nest....lifted
it's posterior and as it did so the chickens waste appeared neatly packaged
in a little white sack which the mother / father removed away from
the nest. 
This image shows clearly the mother removing the deposit!!

15 days of really hard work!!


The chickens took 15 days from being hatched to leaving the nest!

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