Look at all that wide open space. Wouldn't you just think it would make you feel free and wonderful and thankful?
Ha! Well it doesn't!
It has in fact, just the opposite affect. Because if you look carefully, you can just catch a glimpse of a Plover.
He made lots of noise when I neared the fence which was a dead giveaway that there were some baby birds somewhere close by. I climbed over the fence and took a look.
Yep, sure enough there where three all huddled together on there own while mum and dad Plover dive-bombed me and screamed obscenities at me in bird language.
I rushed inside to find my camera and after approximately five minutes I returned to the very same spot.
I couldn't find the chicks, they were nowhere to be found.
Mmmm, I would need to watch carefully where I was walking.
I found the nest.
And then I thought I found something...
I turned the flash on, so you could see more clearly,
Chick number one. Then slowly, one by one, I found them all
carefully hidden, sitting very quiet and still
And then I couldn't help myself...I had to have a wee cuddle :)
Little balls of downy fluff
And then I put them back amongst the grasses for their mother to fuss over.
They blend in well don't they?
So of course, you can understand why I'm so anxious at the moment, with all manner of babies all over the place.
And two of these.
However, I would like to say, that the whole Plover family were seen for quite a few after and all 3 children were happily running around scouting for food.
Phew, thank goodness :)