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Blacksmith lapwing

Blacksmith lapwing

Early this morning I came across a Blacksmith lapwing (plover) crouched down on an open piece of ground quite close to the road. On closer inspection I noticed that she had a few extra legs!

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After a few minutes she stood up and revealed two tiny chicks that had been nestled underneath her wings. They had the most incredibly long legs and were very well camouflaged. They also moved about at great speed making them quite difficult to photograph.

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She allowed them to forage about in the open for a little while and then ushered them off into some thick grass where they would be safer from predators..

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