Well hello there now. God, this is awesome! I feel like I’m house-sitting in a really nice house… I mean feel those cushions, they are plush I tell you.
I think I’m the final leg of the NC’s-gone-to-Kenya guest blogging relay. So while she goes nuts in a 4×4 in a lake somewhere, or running away from a rampant giraffe or whatever it is one does in Kenya, I’m going to go nuts with some birds on a beach.
Closet birdwatcher? Wannabe wildlife presenter? Man who has stood directly over a barely hatched baby oystercatcher? I am all those things and more – watch the video here, in a 24-hour Moo reader exclusive.
The video is from the island of Mingulay, which is here, and there’s more where that came from. You’re all invited over chez moi in a couple of days’ time for the fascinating – no, really, genuinely fascinating – way in which a ringed plover tries to lure you away from its chicks. It does a Ronaldo. It feigns injury like the dirty, lying bird it is, in the hope you will go over and eat it, then forget about the offspring. The whole extravagant, extraordinary routine is on camera. You will want a pet ringed plover.
When Godzilla comes along, I expect all the parents in the audience to start hobbling in melodramatic fashion while we kids make a break for it. It’s your duty.