21st June, at Sellinari Gorge the hen has stood over her single egg for 50 days, never leaving it, and at midday she stand like a cormorant with wings outstretched to shield it from the sun. The male flies in and regurgitates food for her.
I'm irritated that she has her head down all the time...then I see why. For the first time I glimpse a freshly hatched chick.
V2 is the first shot I got of this chick.
V3 By 1pm the temperature was over 100 in the sun. The barrel of my lens was too hot to touch and I'd run out of water. The hens stood over their nests to shade them, obviously roasting themselves.
A male flew in to regurgitate food for his mate in the back nest... but she does not look well, her breast feathers are missing and her stance sickerly. I have to leave.