4 Blue-capped Waxbill eggs.  Note grey colour of full eggs which are 2 days from hatching.
(1 artificial canary egg for size reference - nest B)
Waxbill chick at day 1.   Probably only hatched an hour or even less.   Note tufts of down.   The chick is nearly dry.
(nest B)

Chicks at day 2 (smaller one ~ day 1.5).   Note a lot of down and is obviously now dry.
(Large egg is dummy canary - for size reference - nest B)
Chicks at days 3 & ~2.5.   Upper chick hatched at least 12 hours earlier than sibbling.   Slight size difference as a result
(nest B)

Day 4 - bigger chick on its back in the scramble as the Bengalese left.   Very scrawny, underfed chicks but both survived.   (nest B)
Day 5 - much better fosters.   Well fed chicks clumped with heads in to centre.   Note dark skin and tufts of brown.
(Egg is dummy canary - for size reference - nest A)

Day 7 - still clumped, pin feathers showing on wings.   Note how much have grown.   Compare size versus dummy egg.
(nest A)
Day 9 - not clumped, some are facing outwards.   Pin feathers are developing on wings, eyes not quite open.
(They have grown -note rel. size of dummy egg - nest A)

Day 11 - eyes are open.
(nest A)
Day 13 - last time will risk photographing this nest.   Don't want a 'burst'.

3 days after 4 Blue capped Waxbills fledged at day 18.
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