Work in progress on my Northern Lapwings.
We bring you a very special post today. It is the work of Paula Kuitenbrouwer, a Dutch nature-artist. This post is from Ms. Kuitenbrouwer’s blog Mindful Drawing. The drawing, description of the Northern Lapwing, and photograph are hers. They are copyrighted. You can see more of Ms. Kuitenbrouwer’s work on her blog and her website HERE. Link to her Etsy shop HERE.
While I work, you can read a bit more about this elegant bird.
The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) is also known as a Peewit. In Dutch it is a ‘Kievit’. When you pronounce ‘Peewit’ or ‘Kievit’, you get the sound this bird makes. Peewit and Kievit are therefore onomatopoeia. An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.
Lapwings lay their coloured eggs from late March to early June, and chicks hatch 3-4 weeks later. They are covered in down when they hatch, and are able to walk about and feed within hours.
It is amazing that the parents do not feed their chicks. That is probably because the parents spend their time on getting their vulnerable chicks to suitable feeding areas. The parents are brave and aggressive when defending their chicks. Ever walked into a meadow where there are chicks? Mind your head! A Lapwing parent will try, as a spitfire aircraft, to attack your head. Or it will pretend to be dreadfully hurt, for instance showing a lame wing and in need for help, to get you away from their chicks.
Do I need to show you how adorable Lapwing chicks are?
Cute or cute?