A small selection of some the birds with brown feathers that visit our spot.
Female Thick-Billed Weaver.
This is a Dikkop chick, or a Spotted Thick-Knee (Burhinus capensis) as it is also known.
Ems and I encountered the chick while walking the dogs one morning. The mother was going a bit doolally and came within snapping distance of Cindy as we walked past. Naturally, Cindy remained as calm and unruffled as always, but it was obvious something was amiss. A closer inspection of the area where the irate bird was doing what looked like a war dance revealed her chick hidden among some undergrowth. Unfortunately, it had a broken leg and was unable to flee even if it wanted to.
This was a job for International Rescue. We gently picked up the bird and carried it home, whereupon it was secured in a shoe box, with paper and straw to keep it warm and minimize shock and wotnot. Then it was a call to a local bird sanctuary, and before long two volunteers arrived to collect the bird and ensure it received some proper TLC.
As always, thanks to Lisa Coleman for the challenge.