Look closely behind the adult Dabchick's neck: there's an irregularity, a lump if you will!
See the little heads on the adult Dabchick's back? The Dabchick's chicks have arrived!
Although two heads are visible, there are three chicks
A second adult (the other parent?) arrived but the chicks held fast to their perch on their transport. This was obviously the mother!
As we watched the Dabchick family, a likkewaan (monitor lizard) ran across the road in front of our vehicle, down the bank and slid into the water. Immediately the adult Dabchick issued a series of alarm calls. Amazing!
Then the adult shook itself, dislodged the chicks and dived under the surface. The chicks stayed in one place and as the adult appeared, they swam across to her to be fed!
Three Dabchick chicks alone in the water while mama dives for food
As mum emerges from below the water, the chicks are close by to be fed
All three the babies swim up to mum for protection
The chicks clamor for purchase on the adult Dabcick's back. I loved the prominent stripes on their heads and backs
I hope you're all having a great week already.