Australian magpie chicks in a nest.
Chicks hatch pink, naked and blind, with large feet, a short broad beak and a bright red throat. When the feathers grow they are coloured brown and grey as well as the black and white of adults. The chick’s eyes don’t fully open for about 10 days. Thisnest was photographed near Te Aroha west, Bay of Plenty.
Photograph: © Maurice, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)