In our winter newsletter we wrote about the hatching of barn owl nestlings and  nene chicks, and our  hope that our Mandarin ducks, the newest inhabitants in the Garden, would also breed. To our delight, the breeding season is still at a peak: for the first time in many years a red-crested pochard chick has hatched and filled our hearts with joy (1); the little bitterns are nesting in the reeds beside the pool (2); the greyleg goose chicks are growing wonderfully (3); nene chicks have hatched in the incubator (4); chicken chicks are wandering around the Garden, close to their mothers (5); the yellow-legged gull fledglings are starting to discover the Garden on their own;  the white storks have built a nest, laid eggs, and we are waiting for them to hatch; the Mandarin ducks have laid eggs from which their chicks have  successfully hatched. And not only birds are breeding in our Garden: Caspian turtles have hatched in the thicket aviary and the fennec foxes have young cubs.

אפרוחים וגוזלים בגן
אפרוחים וגוזלים בגן

1. A red-crested pochard chick hatches from its egg, photo: Hadar Yosifon;  2. Nesting of  little bitterns,  photo: Hadar Yosifon;  3.  Hadar and greyleg goose chicks, photo: Emanuel Bar; 4. A nene chick  hatches in the incubator, photo: Hadar Yosifon;  5. A hen with chicks in the Zoological Garden, photo: Daphna Lev 

 

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