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Sand grouse and chicks

Sand grouse and chicks

I came across this male double-banded sand grouse and chicks way inland in a very dry area of the park and far away from water. They were well camouflaged and I only spotted them because they were quite close to the road. They are very interesting birds as one of the males’ jobs as a dad is to provide the chicks with water. In order to do this he flies to the nearest water source (sometimes many miles away) and soaks his belly feathers in water which he then carries back to the chicks…

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