THE PLOVER

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL -

You car­ing for your lit­tle ones is such a sight to see

You keep them warm un­der your breast and keep them dan­ger free If they go too far for­ag­ing you call them back to you

And they come wad­dling back to mum in a sin­gle­file queue

Stand­ing tall and look­ing out, you never miss a thing

Your eyes on one, the other hides be­neath your gen­tle wing I’ve seen them eat­ing all day long, you haven’t had a bite A spar­row comes along and you pro­tect with all your might

The South­land winds they blow your per­fect feath­ers all around And I won­der why you’re stand­ing there, firmly on the ground I guess it’s be­cause your lit­tle ones don’t have the strength to fly But your song is telling them that all they need to do is try

They’re do­ing just as mother does, it’s na­ture at its best The search for food draws to an end, it’s time to take a rest As you do I no­tice that their dad is stand­ing guard

He’s only small but bravely holds the threat­en­ing fa­cade

It’s get­ting dark, it’s get­ting cold and soon it’s go­ing to rain You made it with your lit­tle ones through yet an­other day So nes­tle up and keep them warm, the day will start again And know that you’re the per­fect mum, my lit­tle plover friend

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