Saturday, 24 July 2010

Hatchlings!

The first stormie chicks have started hatching! Two hatched chicks were confirmed today in study nest sites. The incubation period of these two birds was around the expected 39-42 days and there had not been any evidence of egg neglect. The chick will be brooded by an adult for the first 10 days until it is capable of regulating its own body temperature without the warmth and protection of a parent. There are several more sites where hatching is expected in the next few days. Celebrations are under way with pineapple and mint mojitos!