Namaqua Sandgrouse chicks

On my way home yesterday, I saw some Namaqua Sandgrouse walking across the street. They had three very small chicks with them. It is always amazing, in an environment as tough as the Namib, that something so fragile can ever make it to adulthood. These little chicks would fall over every little stick, and could hardly make it over the road edge.

One of the most common wildlife images of the 'south west arid zone' in Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, is that of the Namaqua Sandgrouse adult males taking water into their breast feathers for to fly back to their chicks.
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