Lapwing over the Pond with the Mown Grassland Behind

Lapwing

The sound of lapwings is often heard at Sun Rising – a sound well worth listening out for (a YouTube clip of the sound can be found here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te10HfbBycw).  We have an idea of where they are nesting, some years it is very close and others it is a little further away.  Their flight is as extraordinary as their song.

In this photo we caught one as it dived towards the pond.  It’s a poor quality picture, but you can just make it out, with its reflection in the water below.  Just beautiful.

Lapwing over the Pond with the Mown Grassland Behind

Lapwing over the Pond with the Mown Grassland Behind

In this picture you can also see that we have mown the grassland at Sun Rising now, taking the bales off this week.  The site always looks a little awkward at this time, like a shorn sheep, but with a little rain it will green up and start to grow again.  We are also starting the long summer process of tidying up burial areas where there is little ecological biodiversity.  With the cutting of the hay comes the beginning of harvest …