Monday, June 27, 2011

Avocets and chicks

It cannot be much fun being an Avocet parent -- the brood wander all over and their best attempt to hide from danger sees them under a branch -- the adults feel obliged to attack anything bigger than a Linnet that passes within 200m of the chicks -- one of this brood is either a survivor or a loss to the gene pool; it constantly wanders away from the other three and ends up on its own well away from the adults so either the other 3 will get predated and it will live to exploit the best feeding areas or it will be a necessary distraction for  a passing predator or they may all survive

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