Just because they're so elegant, you understand! Happily the chicks at Leighton Moss seem to be doing well and growing fast
That curious beak is coming along nicely
Good enough to catch their own worms with
You can barely tell the difference from the adult, at least in behaviour…
Just a little bit still to grow
The adults, not famed for their parenting skills, are still a little protective and don't always take kindly to intrusion
And how many Black-headed Gulls chicks are there???
Life is hard though. This little chick had wandered off and was immediately and quite brutally attacked by older and larger chicks
It no sooner escaped their clutches than an adult jumped on it and threw it face down in the mud. Fortunately it stayed down and was left alone after that, after which it ran for cover.
And an assortment of snaps
A lovely set of photos Nigel and great to see the Avocet offspring although surprising that the older juveniles would turn on their own species, hope the little chick came to no harm.
HAZYsurprising that the older juveniles would turn on their own species, hope the little chick came to no harm.
Sorry, if it wasn't clear but the Avocet chicks were relatively well-behaved. It was the BHG chicks who were squabbling amongst themselves. Any chick not guarded by a parent was bullied by whoever was closest, whether unrelated adult or larger chick so it was more surprising that they kept wandering off on their own, almost inviting an attack! The little one in the photo seemed quite shaken but not physically harmed by the ill treatment.