It is four weeks today since the baby chicks appeared on the dam, with both their parents protecting and feeding them. Last week one of the adults vanished, hopefully just into a nest to raise a second brood. Apparently this is quite common, although to my uneducated eyes the first chicks seemed rather small and vulnerable. These earlier young will help to raise the second brood if that is what eventuates. Another loss this week, we are now down to three chicks, so the eels are getting fat. The remaining adult has been busy constructing more safe platforms for his chicks to stand on, safe from attacks either from below or from the bank of the dam. Now it has become obvious that one chick is much larger than the other two …. I wonder why? Just better at rushing for the food? This weeks photos with captions … stop the slideshow to read them!