Tony McLean's East Yorkshire Wildlife Diary

Wildlife photography in East Yorkshire

Lapwing and Elvis…

Lapwing, originally uploaded by Tony McLean.

Although relatively common, Lapwings are one of my favourite birds. Their acrobatic flight and ostentatious head-crest make them stand out amongst the other species. I spent a pleasant evening at Tophill Low watching a pair of Lapwings and their single chick. It was interesting watching the Lapwings feed along the lake shore. It trembled one leg constantly—much like and Elvis impersonator, presumably in order to disturb the insects and worms, before quickly grabbing it’s prey. Their chick seemed quite independent but would return quickly to the female if it heard it’s warning call. I hope this image demonstrates the beautiful iridescent markings on their wings.

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