Lapwing

John Gryphon

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On eggs in the rain today,the nest is alongside my driveway and due to the rain she sat long enough. It was after 5PM and overcast and dull which was a pita as the droplets on her plumage made a good subject touch. I had to drive past and stopped for an egg pic then moved on quickly.

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Drum123

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I hope youre lapwings fair better than our native lapwings have this year.Theyve had a stinker up here.
Very few chicks survived the first week of life.Shame but theyll bounce back.
 

dartmoordog

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Having the camera ready to grab these pics is, genuinely, something I wish I could get into the habit of doing. I assume it is a real passion of yours.

Up until around 30 years ago, I would see flocks of our Lapwings, I have not seen a single Lapwing for a couple of decades now. I do believe they are seen further north, but here in the far Westcountry, sadly, nothing.
 

John Gryphon

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Having the camera ready to grab these pics is, genuinely, something I wish I could get into the habit of doing. I assume it is a real passion of yours.
Ah I was coming home this evening after a hunt and having been rained out, both cameras on front seat. It is indeed a passion.

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Drum123

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Was the heat the problem over there?
Yeah, heat at the wrong time leading to zero insect life.Its not just the lapwings that got caned, all our upland birds took a hammering this year.The lapwing and curlew in particular , being very vocal and not the most secretive of nesters , are the most noticable by their absence now.They packed up and buggered of 3 weeks ago.No need to hang about if theyve nothing to hang about.
The red grouse and plover have also failed miserably.Been a funny old year really.
 

John Gryphon

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Yeah, heat at the wrong time leading to zero insect life.Its not just the lapwings that got caned, all our upland birds took a hammering this year.The lapwing and curlew in particular , being very vocal and not the most secretive of nesters , are the most noticeable by their absence now.They packed up and buggered of 3 weeks ago.No need to hang about if theyve nothing to hang about.
The red grouse and plover have also failed miserably.Been a funny old year really.
The natural world adapts very quickly though and they will come back.
 

Drum123

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The natural world adapts very quickly though and they will come back.
When i said " heat at the wrong time" i should have said "drought at the wrong time" John, The drought been caused by dry, freezing,easterly winds all April which made everything a month late.
Youre right though, theyll bounce back, they always do.
 
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