Lapwing disability

29th May 2008, Thursday

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A brood of three young Lapwing chicks was close to the Wader Pool hide today, giving good views. The adult female with them seemed to be limping, but on closer view it was missing the lower part of the right leg. 

In the photo above it appears to be standing on the stump with the left leg folded. Below it is standing on the left leg and the other leg clearly has no foot. It was coping well with this disability and able to feed itself, brood the young and chase off crows.

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It reminded me of a Lapwing chick found a few years ago with sheep wool tied tightly around its foot. Perhaps that was the cause???

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