THIS is the first glimpse of the first naturally-bred flamingo chick born at Washington Wetland Centre for seven years.
The fluffy youngster, which is being guarded by its mum in the flamingo pen, peeked out from its hiding place aged just a few days old.
It is the first flamingo to hatch from 21 eggs laid at the centre in the past few weeks, after a painstaking two-year hand-rearing process paid off and encouraged the flock to breed naturally.
This chick was born overnight between Saturday and Sunday, after staff moved the egg from an incubator to its mum at the first sign of it beginning to hatch on Friday.
A further five eggs at the centre are known to be fertile at present.