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Living Coasts Operations Manager Clare Rugg, says: “It’s still early, but avocets and stilts are laying eggs, while other waders are busy with courtship behaviour and the search for nest sites. Choughs and Inca terns are making nests - puffins are collecting pine needles for theirs.

“Some African penguins have laid eggs and there are a few chicks, though these will be tucked away in their burrows for a while yet. The macaroni penguins are settling down on their new, expanded nesting area, complete with built-in sun-shade.”

One pair of avocets has chosen to nest right on the beach, in full view of visitors.
Keeper Libor Mach said: “They are our best breeding pair, last year they had two clutches of eggs - we have eight babies from them.”

Avocets make a shallow scrape in the sand and fill it with grass, plants, leaves and whatever else they can find. Incubation usually takes 23 days. Chicks are active a few hours after hatching. They feed themselves from day one, with the parents only providing protection and warmth. They are fully grown in two months.

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