Still feeding the chicks in the burrow

21 days now since I first saw the female taking fish into the burrow. With fledging fast approaching the female is definitely taking a back seat on the feeding. She’s taking in one fish for about every 4 that the male is bringing back to the nest, and she’s spending most of her time sitting quietly opposite the burrow preening. The behaviour seems about right I suppose, with mating having repeatedly taken place a few days ago, the female is now getting ready to produce the next clutch of eggs. I don’t think the youngsters are going to get much tlc from the parents once they emerge from the burrow, this pair seem to be geared up for a rapid turnaround.

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