Four gangly pre-teenage poults
In mid July the poults are entering an awkward phase and sometimes, at certain angles, they remind me of little ostriches (click on the photo).
They spend more time scratching the earth to turn up insects, something they have watched their mother do for weeks now. The hen is taking them further into her home range so every day is an adventure!
The poults continue to stay close to their mother, on the ground and up on the roost where avian predators like Great Horned Owls are still a threat.