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This shows a whole bird, similar age, exercising her wings. At this age they can't yet fly, and they are still covered with a layer of thick, curled down that is a dull black or brownish-black colour, although the flight feathers of the wings, and the tail feathers, are rapidly emerging, and the body contour plumage is starting to emerge beneath the down...the head is about the last to attain the first mature feathers.
nestlings are very vulnerable to disturbance, and will defend themselves by
vomiting, biting, or by making a dash for the water. They can swim, although
not for too long as they'll become waterlogged, or chilled.
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