Yesterday my dad and I went to the polder to see some lapwing`s nests. When my dad was a little boy, he used to search for lapwing’s eggs and take them home to make fried eggs. You can imagine I thought this was a very cruel act, but back in those days, chicken eggs couldn’t be bought in the supermarket as today. It was kind of necessary to steal those eggs from the lapwings to feed himself and his family…
Anyway, my dad knows exactly how to find the eggs, because for an amateur they are very hard to find. Lapwings are birds who live in the grasslands, or on unused farmland. The male and female work together by protecting the eggs. The female hatches out the eggs, while the male plays the guard. When an intruder is approaching, he warns the female by shrieking. She, then, jumps up from her nest and runs away, probably to a hiding place, but the most important thing is that she exactly gives away the place of her eggs. So, next, me and my dad walk to the place where the female lapwing left her nest et voila:
The egg in the right corner has a hole in it, through which we could see the sweet little birdy with his tiny white beak that was about the be born:
On the way back, we saw a real free-range chicken farm:
And I had to make the next photograph, because my dad can have such a proud look on his face everytime he discovers a lapwing`s nest or another miracle of nature:
At the end of the evening we had only found two lapwing’s nest, but besides that we saw hatching swans, ducks and coots and little lambs running and playing with their mums.
The next day we went again to see whether the egg with the hole in it was broken. We were lucky: the birdy was sitting besides his siblings who were still inside their eggs. The female not only ran away this time, when we approched, she also kept yelling at her child: ‘Stay down! Don’t move!’ Not literally of course, but she did nothing to protect her child from us. Speaking of mother’s care… So we stroked the little birdy and my dad even lifted it out of the nest for a few seconds: