... unlike the formel who lets her wings droop down her sides.
... to get them positioned on her brood patch, then she settles back down on them
She keeps an attentive eye on what is happening on the always-busy streetscape below. Right now, the feather color is really smooth on her head...
A pip or tiny hole in the egg is the first indication that hatching is underway. John Blakeman gave us some great information on pipping and hatching back in 2010, so let's do a review! I added a couple of images by way of explanation, but these are not of hawk eggs or eyasses.
"We all expect just a wonderful experience as we witness the hatching, with the first indication being that pipping has begun. Pipping is when the little eyass inside the egg begins to thrust its beak out at the end of the egg and will create a small crack. That’s pipping, the cracking of the egg, and it’s very important.
With a rounded bill, it would be otherwise very hard for the little eyass to poke any sort of hole through the egg shell. But the slightly pointed egg tooth will allow the weak eyass to accomplish this.
For most of a month, her lungs have been filled with fluids, and she’s been breathing very moderately through simple air diffusion into her body tissues. But in the last week or so, things start drying out inside the egg and slowly her lungs will get filled with the gases in the end of the shell. It’s still 100% humidity in there, and all is well.