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Old Apr 15, 2011, 5:04 PM   #1
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The nest I have been following in Wakodahatchee Wetlands has hatchlings. Today there were two eggs and two very fragile looking chicks. Mom would not give me a really good look and never left the nest. No feeding was observed.

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Old Apr 15, 2011, 7:41 PM   #2
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Amazing! How high was the nest from the ground...and how did you get the overhead view?
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Amazing! How high was the nest from the ground...and how did you get the overhead view?
The nest is in a tree overhanging the water, and is about four feet (1.3 meters) above the water. The tree is growing at the base of a dirt levee and the nest is below the top of the levee. The top pf the tree is well above the levee.

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Really enjoying reading this series !
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It's going to be a fun series to watch, thanks

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They don't look like they could possibly survive, but then all newborns look that helpless. Love the pictures, while Mom wouldn't leave, she did move enough to allow you to admire her kids, very accommodating of her. Wonder if the other two eggs will hatch - what do birds do if the eggs don't hatch?
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Hi Ed,

This is a fantastic series, and should only get better. Keep these coming.

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. Wonder if the other two eggs will hatch - what do birds do if the eggs don't hatch?
The eggs were laid at different times. The first week I came across the nest there were two eggs. The next week there were four. This is not unusual and they do not hatch on the same day. The Killdeer I followed two years ago had four eggs that hatched on two different days. I expect (hope) to find four chicks next week when I go there. We will see.

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Thanks so much for keeping us informed of the progress of the family, and for sharing the fruits of your patience & talents!
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Great photos Ed. It's too bad Mom didn't cooperate but I suspect she had higher priorities than cooperating with a photographer.
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