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Show us your chicks!

Spring has sprung, the grass has ris

Chicks are where the action is!

Show us your chicks! Any good sightings? 

This pair of Australian Wood Ducks in the Georges River, Sydney have a brood of 11 (11!) delightful ducklings. I never got more than 10 in the frame at one time, but was lucky to get some nice light. 

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Cape Barren Goose and Goslings - in a sanctuary near Avalon Airport near Geelong. 

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Baby Bin Chickens (Australian White Ibis) on an island in Centennial Park, Sydney. First photo shows feeding very young chicks - next photo is of an almost fledged bird being fed. 

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Spotted a pair of lapwings on Little Collins Beach near Manly, Sydney - one patrolling, the other on a scrape in the sand. I realised the scrape was a nest when the bird stood up - and a whole lot of extra legs appeared underneath him! I shot this sequence with a very long lens and the birds were not disturbed. The 4 chicks ranged freely on their own, every so often returning to snuggle under their parent for a bit. I saw them again this morning, 6 weeks later - 3 of the chicks have survived to be almost full-sized fledgelings, happily feeding on the shoreline. 

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Not the best photo, but still quite cute - a Dusky Moorhen chick on the nest at Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney

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I went for a walk back to the same beach where my lapwings were, and see 3 of the chicks have survived, with the "teenage" fledgelings confidently foraging on the shoreline - great to see they have thrived on this very exposed and busy beach. 

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Nobody else got any chicks to post? I'm loving all the baby birds around. Here are a few more of mine from this weekend. 

  • Eurasian Coot with chicks (such red heads, I thought they must have the wrong mother at first)
  • Silver Gull - juvenile with his first adult colours showing through his juvie spots
  • Dusky Moorhen chicks - yes, but I'm sure their mother loves them
  • Pied Stilt chicks
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Mumma Mallard, I think shes been cheating on Papa Mallard, maybe too early to tell.

Mallard by Dale Watson, on Flickr

And her chicks!

Mallard X chicks by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Tasmanian Native Hen (unsure if this is mumma - they tend to hang out in extended family groups).

Tamanian Native Hen by Dale Watson, on FlickrTasmanian Native Hen Chick by Dale Watson, on FlickrTasmanian Native Hen Chick by Dale Watson, on Flickr

More Masked Lapwings, they are ecerywhere down here, so much so that I don't often take photos of them. I think this is the same photo posted in my Small Year Challenge.Masked Lapwing Chick by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

dwatsonbb
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Sorry Alex, bit slow off the mark with this one. 

Love the Coot chicks, they really should be called ducklings, caus they're ugly in a cute kindo of way!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Yay for more chicks! Thanks for posting. Yes, those mallard chicks looks suspiciously like little black ducks! 

sue818
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One form the other day, Eurasian Coot. so cute all these babies!

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Nice shot of the coots Sue. Still reckon they are ugly in a cute sort of way!
Another from me, Black Swan family with Cygnets. Posted earlier in Big Year Challenge, but haven't seen any since (not close enough to get a photo).

url=https://flic.kr/p/2hbKaLo][/url]Black Swan family by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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ooooh, i am jealous ;-) no chicky things anywhere here for me to capture yet. thanks for the pix, all are awesome. cute and cuddly boys, cute and cuddly (skipper the penguin).

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Domestic Geese out for a paddle with their Goslings.

Geese with Goslings by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Yes, bring on those chicks! 

Chestnut Teal daddy & chicks. INteresting how the chicks all have head stripes, like your mallards Dale, also like the wood ducks I posted - and overall reminiscent of adult Pacific Black Ducks. Hmmm, what is going on there...

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I quite like this photo - Pied Stilt chick, from Waterbird Refuge at Bicentennial Park this morning 

dwatsonbb
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Hi Alex some nice photos. Love the little stilt. If you google it, most ducklings have stripes. Although some of mine didn't.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Lovely little Pied Stilt chick (might want to edit the info attached as seems to be Banded Stilt). The light was awful so very well done. It was also good to see the Chestnut Teal family... seemed to be plenty of breeding going.

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Some chicks for Alex.

Tawny Frogmouth... one of 2 chicks and 2 adults... against the light

and another with that dreaded stick!!!

A few Australian Wood Ducks... is this a huddle or a puddle of ducks?

and a final one from Bowra, Cockatiel being fed

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They're soooo cute, love the Frogmouths and the "puddle" of Woodies.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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That might be a cuddle of ducks, Sue.

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Reckon you could be right, Woko!

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Love those additions Sue. Definitely a cuddle of ducks! And your frogmouths are awesome! I think you need to develop a special "eye" for frogmouths, I haven't seen any for years and they are all around. You've done some great shots into tricky light there. 

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Kelp Gull Chicks - was on the edge a breeding colony, maybe 250-300 adults all in "alarm mode". Only back on type photos, they weren't sticking a round for close ups! 

Might have tried for some BIF shots, except they were swooping that close, I could hear the sound of their wings. Didn't stick around,don't like disturbing them to much.Kelp Gull Chicks by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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They so kute!!! But how to feed it?

My name is Michael Woodley - CEO Founder of BirdingDepot

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hi guys, i can finally contribute to the chickadee thread. this lil guy is so cute and fluffy. it can't fly yet, no liftoff and no tail to keep things under control, just flaps the wings for now ;-) amazing a cat hasn't had it for lunch.

i made up a google photo's collage, but it cut some of the lil guy off, you get the idea though.

here's a brief 16 second vid of the lil guy trying. Baby Magpie in the No-Fly Zone.

cheers, tweet (and happy xmas 2019 to you all)

sue818
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Such a cutie!

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Wood duck 'chicks'

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Lovely photo Greyson

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Couldn't resist these 2 little cuties - Pacific Black Ducks.

Pacific Black Ducklings by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Great to see some new chicks in this thread. I have some more in the camera, will post once I've sorted them out. 

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Bell Miner chicks waiting for a feed from the parent while hidden deep in the lantana. Fluffy little bundles were quite safe and ignoring me.

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Haha, that second one is classic - little ball of fluff with a mouth. Nice shots :-) 

I can add these Willie Wagtails from Tempe Ponds last week. Junior by now outweighs his parent, who is being run ragged by the demands of junior. I suspect it will soon be time for the parent to start showing some tough love - "Just Say No"

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Immature White-winged Choughs with the dark or less red eye at Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, NSW... at least 3 in the group shot were a little vocal but not too bad.

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I disturbed this little Orange-footed Scrubfowl in some bushes near Darwin Airport. He seemed disorientated and was pecking at himself. I thought he was covered in fluff and leaf litter - but on reviewing the photos, I see he was covered in green ants (Oecophylla smaragdina). Poor bugger was probably in some pain, these are really aggressive ants with a nasty bite, and they also inject a bit of venom to make things worse. I reckon he'd been hiding in the leaf litter, and disturbed a team of these guys. He is clearly getting some wins on de-anting, but its pretty hard without hands. 

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Oh, those green ants hurt! I suppose the bird has a way of dis-lodging them, maybe a roll in the dust?

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