We had a quiet day at home yesterday.
As a consequence I had to hop over to Pauatahanui in search of a “photo of the day”. The afternoon was fine and calm and I stopped at the ponds in the hope of catching up with those pied stilt chicks. Bingo! There they were, with their vocally protective mother. Four little fluff-balls. They are bigger and more self-reliant than the day I first wrote them (18 December).
For the most part the chicks seem to stay close to the parent and cluster together. But every family seems to have at least one free-thinker.
Though three of the brood stayed within the care and protection of mother, one was wandering all over the pond exploring the exotic foods on offer in other parts. I was a bit concerned that the chick would be a mere snack for the Australasian Harrier I saw circling just down the road.
With the day’s catch in the bag, I turned for home but paused to admire the sun-washed texture of the grasses by the pond.