Fantastic news. I do hope all three chicks survive.
Three spiky chicks have been found with the male at the ostrich nest.
Head Ranger James Souchon took his guests to visit the nest – which has been watched closely for exactly this event – on a cloudy morning, and to his absolute delight spotted the tiny shapes moving around as his Land Rover approached.
“Tiny” is probably the wrong word; the chicks are roughly the size of a chicken – and therefore way bigger than many bird species we find here – yet next to their father they were absolutely dwarfed.
Out of an initial eight eggs, only three chicks have hatched.
Another egg lay a small distance from where the male was initially sitting brooding the chicks, so there is still hope that this one may hatch too, as there is sometimes a lag of a couple of days between the first and last eggs hatching.
Why the male wasn’t incubating that last egg and only the chicks is anyone’s guess, especially since it was a grey and cold morning when the chicks were discovered which probably made it even more important that the egg was kept warm. There may well be a very plausible explanation, but I don’t know enough about Ostrich reproduction to know exactly what it is.
Whatever the case, the fact that three chicks are alive and well is enough for us for now.
Hi Michael, hard to say. The fragments of the ones that hatched are still at the nest site, but I remember last time the ostriches nested some eggs were robbed by hyenas…