Survival of the fittest!
I have just received some photos from our nest camera during last weeks snow, so here's what happened:
As I left Driehoek in the morning everything was covered in snow, the roads were as white as the mountain peaks. I was going to see one of the active Verreaux’s Eagle nests where the chick was 59 days old. When I arrived I could just make out the nest – it was under a heap of snow. I couldn’t see the chick and soon the snow started again and I lost visibility of the cliff. The following day I visited the nest again and watched the adult eagle feeding; a very wet but alive chick! The nest camera has revealed the full story and here are some of the pictures of the chick enduring the snow.
|The chick and nest covered in snow|
|The chick and nest defrosting by midday|
|The chick being fed the following day|
|Featured in Die Burger|