I have a fascination with Southern Lapwings. Do a search on this blog and you’ll see more than one post about them.
The birds makes their presence well known when they are in the area and seems to party on nights when the moon is bright, seemingly wanting let every man or beast around them know that they are out there. Studies have shown that they take advantage of lighted areas in the night to forage and this is nesting time, they need all the food they can find for their chicks.
We haven’t had any resident families in the back campo this year, although we hear them out there. Mainly, I believe, because there seems to be more dogs and cats roaming about. I did come upon a brooding pair elsewhere, whose chicks are now roaming around with mom and pop. As usual one of the mated pair was doing patrol duty, likely papa, while mama herded the chicks nearby. They constantly call out to each other, signaling when there is an intruder. But, like any children, the chicks wander aimlessly and mama is helpless in trying to hide them.
When one is looking through the lenses of a camera, one tends to lose track of spatial reality. I didn’t realize how close he was coming to me at one point, and he wasn’t very happy…in the campo.
This week’s photo challenge is “partners”. Go and take a look at other interpretations.