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Blue Monday: Lapwing Dance

Lapwing Squadron

Blue Monday: Lapwing Dance

Blue skies, with a bit of moody cloud, provided the perfect backdrop to the spectacle of two male lapwings, dancing in a display of prowess for the prospective females watching below on the nesting grounds. My composite image shows all the moves these beautiful birds went through during their display and is my entry for today’s Wex Mondays challenge. The one thing missing from the image is the distinctive sound of the lapwing’s call, a loud peewit peewit, that carried clear across the wetlands of Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve in West Sussex. I grew up calling lapwings by their colloquial name, taken from their call, Peewits. One of my favourite birds ever and a real treat to watch on my birthday last week!

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Peewit, peewit, peewit………..

Peewit, peewit, peewit...........

I’m in Shropshire this weekend enjoying the peace, quiet and beautiful nature.

We’re visiting Simon’s mum. Just like me, she has a love of nature and wildlife. Today we went along to Venus Pool to see what birdlife and butterflies might be visiting the lake.

These lovely birds are Lapwings. As a child I always called them by their other name, Peewit, which comes from the sound they make.

The flock were all on the far side of the lake but fortunately they took to the air, briefly, and I was able to get a few photos of them.

I’ve never had a chance to photograph them before, so very much wanted to share a childhood dream brought to life with you.