A family of Australasian Darters has a nest on the water’s edge very close to our house. I spent some time watching their behaviour and was lucky enough to get close enough to get some detailed photographs.
I’m only guessing that the dark bird might be the dad. He took his turn feeding the young and looking after the nest.
Here’s mum, at least I think it’s mum, taking her turn to look after the nest. There are three chicks, two much more active than the third.
And here’s the family portrait. There are three very downy chicks in the nest. The parent birds had their mouths full and fed the chicks. You can see the chicks with full mouths in the pic above.
More photos to come….