Photo-a-Day (Friday, 15th May, 2020)
Lapwing, or Peewit
Is that a trap it appears to have it's foot in ?
Excellent photo anyway.
They blend in very well.
My goodness, what tiny thing. I Hope it will survive.
How on earth did you take photo David, amazing !
So cute, but so vulnerable with birds of prey and other predators about. Spring is a great time of year.
Well spotted Rev, it must be very small and well camouflage with the ground soil.
Wow! look at the size of those feet.
Can't fail to get good pins when walking on that terrain.
Aww now isn't that a little cutie ...I hope it's Mum is nearby...thank you David.
Looks like something you would find when you pull the fridge out for cleaning! Bless him.
I must say Rev Long, you have took some cracking photos over the past few weeks that synchronize with Spring.
Quite a few Lapwings around Langtree this morning.
You can easily see how they got their name with that loose flappy flight , black to white, black then white.
This chick has some months before he gets the 'feather in his cap'.
A misguided nature-lover led to the photo-opportunity being presented to me - she spotted the chick beside the track and decided to 'rescue' it for its parents who were getting in food in the adjacent field. So she picked it up, and a second chick later, and put them in the open field. By now the parents were screaming frantically - and I hope they managed to lead them back to the safety of the undergrowth beside the track before the marauding seagull I saw spotted them....
Brilliant capture David.
Can I go off subject please, my internet has been down since 6th May, can I refer you to your 7th May photo. I worked on DB tractor axles in Leigh in the late 60's they and several other tractor components were indeed sent to Meltham for final assembly as you correctly assumed.
We used to call them tewits. Some of us still do.
Yes Rev David,it's parents had left it where it would melt in with the background,no wonder the parents were screaming..it would be a real target in an open green field...lets hope it did get back to where it was originally.
I'm happy to report that I've just returned from a walk in the fields where the pic was taken - and at least one of the chicks has survived. Unfortunately, it has become camera-shy, so I failed to get a good shot of it.
When me and my mates first saw these running around in a field next to Gathurst golf course, we went round catching them and took them home.
One of our dads said what they where and we should take them back so we did.
The pattern and colours of the bird's egg aren't very much different from those of the ground on which this chick stands.
Early steps of life ,
rocky under foot ,
Ignorant is venture ,
as yet the mind doesn’t know ,
above the mother is calling ,
a worry all mothers do know ..
Aww this is beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Superb pic - I'd be well happy with that.
Always a tewit to me.When were kids in was always a difficult nest to find.One of my favourite birds.
Must have been a few other names for them over the years PW - we called them Chewits.
Philip G,that's how I pronounce it.