A pair of Ringed Plover has decided that just in front of the Crittall Hide at Ternery Pool is a good place to nest. These 4 photos were all taken within a 90 second period today.
The male (top) made a nest “scrape” and called the female over to try it for size, while he called and covered her with his fanned tail.
The female adds a few small stones to the scrape, while the male continues to call.
The pair moves away and the male adopts a tall posture and kicks the female.
this leads to mating, which may result in the first egg.
4 days to complete the clutch of 4 eggs, then 24 days to hatch and another 24 days for the chicks to fledge - that’s 50 days to avoid being eaten!