Africa is not for the faint-hearted.

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A pragmatic sacrifice for the greater good.

Africa is definitely not for the faint-hearted. For 8 days we have been watching a pair of Crowned Lapwings incubating a clutch of three eggs. Today, as we arrived for our final survey, we noted the absence of the adult lapwings. A quick glance at the ‘nest’ revealed that only one egg remained.

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A discarded egg shell hints at the successful hatching of at least one chick from a clutch of three eggs.

A further search located one hatched egg shell approximately 12m from the nest leaving us to conclude that two eggs must hatched, posing the parents with difficult option of abandoning the last egg to secure the survival of the two hatchlings, contributing equally to the continuation of the species and the balance of nature.

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