It is late spring here in the Antipodes and we have had a starling box in the back yard for several years now - this year the pair started early, and hatched two chicks.
Of late we have seen more and more of the chicks sitting looking out of the hole, and one chick will let me get quite close before they duck back in.
I took these photos from a distance on full zoom, to be sure the chick would not hide, and unfortunately one is a bit fuzzy.
The marks around the hole are from the parents feathers when they hold onto the edge of the hole to feed the chicks
I think it will not be long before the chicks fledge, and then the back yard will be very quiet!!
The neighbours have two boxes, but their birds were much later to breed, so we will still have some starlings around, amongst the other birds.
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