I have several natural man-made nests in my yard. This pair of woodpeckers have been around one of the nests all spring. When I got back from my recent trip to Malaysia, they had moved into the nest and had 3 eggs. I have been spending time watching and monitoring them for weeks.
2/3 hatched a few weeks ago and only 1 survived about 1.5 week later. The pair was still feeding and rotating staying with the remaining chick everyday.
It was usually quiet that evening, there was no begging sound coming from the nest. After waiting for some time, I decided to investigate. The baby was partially covered by wood dust and it was not moving. It was dead.
I waited again for the parents but they never showed up. I decided to take the nest down. The baby was missing its upper beak. It could have been attacked and chewed up by predators in the neighborhood. After taken a few pics with my iPhone, I gave the baby a proper burial. RIP.
It was a very sad day....
They were very good parents. No matter how hard they tried, they could not protect the babies from the predators.
I hope they will be around and give it another try.
1Dx, 600mm IS II, 1/3200, f/7.1, ISO6400
This is just to help illustrates what I experienced with this family of RBWP: