A friend alerted me to a pair of Masked Lapwings Vanellus miles raising some chicks on a roadside reserve in Newstead. When I first arrived, the adults were obvious, but the young not so apparent. I did notice that one bird looked a tad bulky. And with perhaps a few too many legs.
One bulky and multi-legged Lapwing.
Before too long, the parent stood and three tiny chicks emerged from the warmth under her wings and started foraging. A fourth emerged from under the other adult.
A cuteness overload
Whilst the parents were very watchful of there young and aggressively moved on any bird that came close, the young were not afforded the luxury of being fed by the adults. They had to do their own foraging in the little wetland left after the rain. Ad they seemed very successful in getting quite a bit of food out of the boggy ground.
Getting a sizeable worm.
Bigfoot! The mask is already developing.
Stretching tiny wings
The chicks would periodically head back for warmth under the wings of the adults. Is this where the expression “taking someone under one’s wing” comes from?
Can I come back in? The formidable spurs of the parent can be seen in this one. Plenty of warmth for the chicks and fire for any perceived threat. I took these photos from the safety of my car.
And a couple more to fit in.