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tibbs

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I know some of you (like me) are interested in cats, dogs, birds & other cute fluffy things so I thought I'd share a couple of pics of a lapwing chick I managed to snap this morning. There'd been a couple of adult lapwings patrolling around the wet top corner of the field next to our garden for a while now so I guessed they had a nest there somewhere as they seemed to be chasing off anything that came close. There was a terrific fuss this morning as a dozy old male pheasant wandered along the edge of the field with the Lapwings dive-bombing him continuously, although I dont think the pheasant noticed, not being the greatest intellect in the bird world. A short while later one of the lapwings scooted across the field a bit & then 3 chicks suddenly appeared out of one of the tractor ruts & started wandering along a ridge. Needless to say they'd all disappeared out of site again by the time I'd got the camera set up but I managed to snap one of them later in the day when he stood still for a little while - I guess they're about 2 or 3 inches high :-



and again here, but he ducked as I pressed the shutter :roll:



My avatar shows an adult lapwing taken in the same spot last year in a young crop of oats - this years crop may be oats again (or it may just be grass - difficult to tell until it grows a bit more).
 

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They're so cute :) ! I hope they survived the excitement.

You're very fortunate to live somewhere that has such an abundance of wildlife on your doorstep.

Gill
 

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Ahhhhh. And also "Oooo", 'cos lapwings aren't as common as they used to be I believe? Very cool. =D>

We can claim blue **** in the nest box (not a great claim), but the chap I went to buy tools from yesterday has a Mallard Duck nesting in the Ivy on his house. Gonna be quite a launch for the ducklings; it's about 6 foot up. :shock:

Cheers, Alf
 

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After watching some chap on the beeb the other night so how rare stag beetles were these days I bumped into one in the garden last night - took some pics but did not bring it to work this morning.

Fascinating fact - the stag beetle larvae can spend 3-4 years underground before emerging. Is this a reflection on how often our garden gets dug?

Andy
 

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Alf":bemnxptc said:
Ahhhhh. And also "Oooo", 'cos lapwings aren't as common as they used to be I believe? Very cool. =D>

We can claim blue **** in the nest box (not a great claim), but the chap I went to buy tools from yesterday has a Mallard Duck nesting in the Ivy on his house. Gonna be quite a launch for the ducklings; it's about 6 foot up. :shock:

Cheers, Alf
Smooth ALF, very smooth. Just a quick drive-by there?

Adam
 

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Great shots! We have jackdaws in the chimney at the moment. At least most of the time they're in the chimney. Last evening a new fledgling managed to descend (along with a cloud of soot) into the fireplace before somehow finding the strength and wing clearance to beat its way back up (sending down more soot in the process) :D

Alan
 
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