Plovers in the paddock, there were four chicks – now there are only two. Survival of the fittest, I suspect some Ravens hanging around picked off the weakest or most careless chicks that left their parents guard – and they are good guardians!
They’re a great family to watch, sharing the same paddock with my ponies I walk past them every day and pause for a while to see what they’re up to.
It’s hard to see in these photos, but these birds have a sharp spur on the front of their wing and will aggressively dive bomb any perceived threat, they don’t seem to have any fear and will stand their ground. I’ve been lucky in that they seem to accept me – I was here before them!
The parents will also often split up to distract a predator from their chicks.
Walking along the road with camera at hand, I captured these Bennett’s Wallabies feeding at dusk. If you look closely (click to zoom), there’s an extra head – a young joey in the pouch!
Thanks for visiting, I hope you’ve enjoyed a small taste of spring-time in Tasmania!