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Who said LBJ's are boring?

Posted on the 29th December 2011

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

 

More goggas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and coming

 

 

 

 

 

and again

 

 

 

 

 

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.

At last!  Three hours in the waiting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

835
HEIDI (posted: 2012-01-07)
Fantastic photo sequence thank you !! Personally I find this as good, if not better than a video clip.One gets the chance to really look at the bird and also the prey in detail at one's leisure. And of course there are the sub titles nogal !!
CARIN MALAN (posted: 2011-12-30)
What clever birds. Congratulations on this amazing kiekies! According to Roberts Nest & Eggs, fledging period not recorded, so another few days and so more wonderfull kiekies ? Well done ! Carin
ELSABE (posted: 2011-12-30)
Is this what is meant by "Larking about"?
BOB ZYLSTRA (posted: 2011-12-29)
Hey man I enjoyed those Larks of yours. Congratulations on some very nice shots!
JOHN FINCHAM (posted: 2011-12-29)
Great. Thanks.
MARLENE HOFMEYR (posted: 2011-12-29)
O how absolutley wonderful for you to have seen this in the making. isn't mother nature just too amazing! thank you so much for sharing.
RICHARD MASSON (posted: 2011-12-29)
Patience delivers her rewards. Stunning sequence that tells the story.