Apr 302012
 

This observation is a continuation of an earlier post documenting observations made at an active Black Vulture nest. The previous article can be found here: Black Vulture – Nest Update 2.

We have a baby Black Vulture! We received word that the first baby Black Vulture hatched at around 1:00pm on March 26, 2012 after approximately 34 days of incubation.

We all eagerly awaited the hatching of the second egg, but instead, we received some sad news a couple of days later. As it turns out only one of the two vulture eggs was viable this year. By March 29, the second egg had been pushed aside and crushed. There was no embryo present.

It was March 31 before we were able to travel to Denton to visit the nest. Once there we discovered the newborn vulture in the care of its mother and doing just fine.

This observation is continued here: Black Vulture – Nest Update 4

A Black Vulture caring for its recently born offspring.

A Black Vulture caring for its recently born offspring.

The egg shell of the newborn Black Vulture.

The egg shell of the newborn Black Vulture.

This crushed eggshell is all that remains of the unviable second egg.

This crushed eggshell is all that remains of the nonviable second egg.

The remnants of the unviable egg in context.

The remnants of the unviable egg in context.

A Black Vulture caring for its young.

A Black Vulture caring for its young.

Eventually the adult vulture settled down to broods its new offspring.

Eventually the adult vulture settled down to broods its new offspring.

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