Thursday, June 14, 2012

Awww, chickies!!!

The Point has been a rarity free zone the last few days, but this has been made up for by loads and loads of cute little chicks all over the place.

Ringed Plover. This nest is literally metres from our doorstep, and we've been keeping a close eye on it. We were very relieved when it hatched successfully yesterday, and I couldn't resist a quick look, as they are definitely the most sickeningly adorable of our resident birds.

Redshank chicks are brilliant little things, but always leave the nest after a few hours so you'll have to take my word for it and settle for a photo of the empty eggs.

Baby Oystercatchers have all the character of the their parents, but fortunately aren't as noisy.

Nature can be brutal sometimes. Although you can't see it in this picture, this Kestrel is tucking into an Oystercatcher chick.

This Marsh Harrier probably had similar intentions for the Avocets at Cley this afternoon.
It can be tough to watch sometimes, but unlike members of a certain filthy profession claiming to be 'custodians of the countryside', we accept this as nature and let it happen, and guess what, we still have heaps of waders alongside all our raptors. Just sayin'

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