Guest blog by Reserve Warden Mike Caiden
This Lapwing chick (above) was found on an island on the main lake, during some essential maintenance work on the islands. It’s probably only a day or two old, and you can see the other egg from the nest.
It still has its egg tooth, which is a calcareous point on the end of its bill, which it uses to break through the eggshell when it hatches. It will lose this after a few days. As I landed on the island I heard calling, looked down and saw this. After taking these pictures I completed my work there, and was on my way within about 5 minutes.
I checked after finishing my work and the adult was sat back on the egg and chick. If you want to see this chick for yourself, look from the Observatory to the shingle island to the left.