Thursday, 16 December 2010

willie wagtail family

Dad found a Willie Wagtail couple and their nest two weeks ago and we've been following their progress ever since. In that two-week period, amazingly, the eggs were laid, hatched and the babies fledged. I tried to get a photograph of each stage to share with you, if you'd like to see! Here's Mum on the nest...
 She was protecting three eggs...
Five days later they all had hatched with one or two feathers each! Can you see their tiny heads?
Three days after that they were growing bigger and more fluffy...
In three more days they were twice as big, turning black and almost spilling out over the nest...
All it took was another four days and they were all squished in the nest together, spilling over the sides, when the strongest little Wagtail fledged, leaving his two siblings the nest all to themselves.
His first flight was from the branch to the fence-post (about three metres). Look at him there all fluffy and cute!
Then he flew up to a branch and was soon joined by Mum (or Dad, I can't tell) under a heart-shaped leaf.
Photos: Heidi Adnum

7 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so incredible:) I am so impressed with the way the mommy takes a good care of her little babies and the way they create the nest:) Stunning photos, sweetie
Kisses

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That's Not My Age said...

Beautiful photos - we've got pied-wagtails in Peckham, don't you know!

heidi adnum said...

Diana, isn't it incredible. I think both Mum and Dad take turns and they're so protective of their eggs/babies.

TNMA, go Peckham! Perhaps we should arrange a house-swap for them sometime?

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, this is so amazing!! I can't believe all these pictures of the process were taken! I love posts like this one!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Oh this is so beautiful!!!

Dancing Branflake said...

This is so awesome! Nature truly is incredible and you've captured it so well.

heidi adnum said...

The little darling are flying around everywhere now! Glad you liked it :)