As we get down to the last week or so of our Seabird Camera set on a Shag nest on Jethou island, I am checking several times a day to see if any of the youngsters have fledged yet. Here's the image from a few minutes ago - all three young all tucked up asleep in the rain - very cute!
Catherine and Vic were so lucky when they chose this nest, because it really does look like the parents are top of the range birds - raising three chicks to fledging. A decade or so ago I wouldn't have batted an eyelid at this...but Shag productivity has been falling in the Channel Islands (as elsewhere in Britain)...so it is very fortunate to have selected such a successful nest for the 1st year of the camera!
|Our three Shag chicks and one of the adults asleep in the rain on Jethou|