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A female Takahe needs to be at least two years old before she will have chicks. When Takahe find partners to have chicks with, they will usually mate for life.
Breeding begins in October. Takahe build a nest on the ground amongst vegetation where they can hide a nest. Two eggs are usually laid, but sometimes it’s 1 or 3, between mid October and mid December. The Takahe parents take turns at incubating the eggs, which take around 30 days to hatch.
Takahe chicks have black fluffy down (baby feathers) and a black beak – they get their red beak and beautiful green and blue feathers when they get bigger. Both parents feed them for about three months, then they have to get their own food. The chicks learn how to feed themselves by following and copying their parents. (Info from KCC, Kiwi Conservation Club)
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I love his big feet! composition is a bit tight, and a bit of midtone dodging around the dark areas, especially on the face, might show a bit more detail. He is a funny, cute little ball of fluff.
HI Jim, this must be one of the chicks on Tiritiri Matangi Island. I don't think they are at Silverdale.
Cute little fellow, no fear of humans, and living on a wonderful island. I have done a WS to brighten and sharpen it a little. TFS.
Great pic, I can almost imagive its clumsy movement. Thanks, Ori
I would have liked to see a bit more details, but I assume this cute little one would not stay still long enough for you to get the exposure right.
I add this Takahe chick to my theme "Juveniles".
Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa