bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Avocet and Lapwing chicks

Avocet(left) chicks and Lapwing chick- watercolour in sketchbook

Anxious Lapwing and Avocet parents were on one of the pools at Cley. The Avocet chicks were venturing out into the open shallows to take flies from the surface of the water, whilst the young Lapwings fed in cover around the edges of the water finding insects at the bases of grasses. In each case the parents were nearby, constantly watching their broods and immediately taking to the air as potential predators approached, ready to call the alarm to take cover. This time last year I watched a whole brood of three Avocets about this age swallowed one after the other by a Grey Heron.

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