It's not just young birds that can be seen on the moor at the moment. I came across this pair of roe deer fawns during a recent early morning survey.
In terms of wading birds on Otmoor, it's not only the lapwing that are having a successful breeding season. Redshank are too. If you've been to the reserve recently you'll no doubt have seen and heard these red-legged birds, particularly around the new scrapes on Big Otmoor. It was in this area that I stumbled across the very well camouflaged redshank chick in the photo below.
Other recent bird sightings have included ruddy shelduck, hobby, common tern, turtle dove, short-eared owl, drumming snipe, oystercatcher and garganey.
Following the succesful hatching of a good number of lapwing nests on the reserve this year, particularly inside the Big Otmoor predator fence, it has been great seeing fluffy chicks running around the reserve. I had really good views of four large chicks feeding around the edge of the Greenaways scrapes last week and then very recently had the nice surprise of stumbling across this almost fledged chick hiding in the grass.