I was fortunate enough to find a Large-billed Lark nest along the Swartrivier road outside Botriver village early this morning. I load a selection of my images herewith in view of trying to tell the story.
Adult bird foraging
The pair used two fenceposts continually
They brought in all sorts of insects
They then go to ground and everytime.......
.... run about 5 to 10 yards (on a zigzag) towards the nest
The nest is halfway between the rock & the green leaves
Camouflage at its best (taken from 5 yards)
The two chicks up close
The food keeps on coming
Further observations: The two birds never approached the nest from the same direction, or flew away from it in the short time that I watched them. Upon leaving the nest they would fly a long loop (I estimate a radius of about 100 yards) and then come back to look for insects in an area not further than 30 yards from the nest. Clearly strategies to fool predators. Also interesting that raptors flew past three times (twice Steppe Buzzards and a YBK). The adult birds dropped the prey items that they were taking to the nest everytime as the raptors approached. Really clever birds.