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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Avocets

I forgot to upload this video etc: of the Avocets at Cresswell  just as the young where hatching  it was  a bit windy even in the hide I tried some stills  but the video is better to show the action and reaction of the birds as the chicks appear, it's great to see these fantastic birds breeding in the County but alas it seems the novelty has already worn off with complaints of the adults not allowing any other wader to land anywhere near there offspring , the fault lies not in good parenting but the lack of good habitat put some effort in providing this for all either breeding birds or passage waders. One birder said he was tempted to nip over with an air rifle at his local patch to rid it of Avocets , why do we always think stupid before thinking smart !!!!
 It took awhile before this chick showed ,amazing how they soon become stronger on their feet

While one parent broods the other chicks or egg, the other seems to crouch down to provide shelter for the chick that is wandering around
The bird gets up to reveal another chick has hatched and picks up the now empty shell ,although it seems to settle back down on it

2 comments:

NEbirder said...

When I visited Cresswell the other day I had someone sharing similar views with me.. Surely 'birders' should be happy we finally have Avocets here!

Maybe Northumberland Wildlife Trust should create some more areas similar to the sand bank outside the hide.

Nice shots :)

Northumbrian Birding said...

"Maybe Northumberland Wildlife Trust should create some more areas similar to the sand bank outside the hide."
Exactly !!!!
Cheers
Brian