lovely lapwings

arial acrobatics

arial acrobatics

 

One of my favourite birds next to the Wren is the Lapwing.

 

with a beautiful clear blue sky backdrop

with a beautiful clear blue sky backdrop

 

Called peewits in the NE (& possibly elsewhere too) because of the sound they make, they are endlessly busy beauties that grace our skies with their amazing acrobatics.

 

endless activity in the sky

endless activity in the sky

 

They are graceful, athletic, full of character and have such lovely markings.

 

swooping down to the ground

swooping down to the ground

 

Their nesting habitat is easily ruined as they tend to nest in ground scrapes on flat farmland that is invariably ploughed, planted up and later harvested.

They are fierce defenders of their nest, eggs and youngsters; feigning a damaged wing if there is anyone or anything too close to the product of all their hard work and courtship.

 

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wading – is that a banksy?

I never get sick of watch and listening to them. I could do it for hours.

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2 Comments on “lovely lapwings”

  1. John says:

    Thanks for this; very nostalgic. Always good to see lapwings and their chicks; takes me back to childhood birdwatching with my dad in the upland Pennines (curlews, golden plovers and dotterel, too). Used to rescue the chicks after their legs got entangled in sheeps’ wool strands. In the middle of doing a lapwing study at the moment.


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