|Avocet chick - such a small frame, such large feet!|
When I was a child of about thirteen, we lived in Norfolk and would occasionally play a board game backed by the RSPB, called 'Conservation'. I liked birds at the time, but knew little about them. As a result of playing the game, I learned about the UK conservation status of species like the Avocet, the symbol of the RSPB itself. I don't think I could have guessed then that by 2013 I would have seen my first Avocet chicks back in East Anglia!
However, this last Bank Holiday weekend saw us perched in a hide with binoculars and camera, watching three fluffy, feisty youngsters.
The Avocet had nested on a small area of land surrounded by water, so her chicks could run about in relative safety.
Do take a moment to read the story of the Avocet's demise and come-back here!