A couple of weeks ago, I was on call and had time only to call into the nature reserve on the way to work, to draw a page of lapwings. Last weekend, in the first sunshine for a long time, I walked a circuit of the reserve, finishing back at the hides. Week by week, the lapwings’ behaviour is shifting. They are becoming a bit more jealous of their space. They sit or fly off as a group and are collectively vocal too. I am waiting for the transition to their forming pairs, climbing and swooping low over the water, making their characteristic peewit calls as they fly. It is for this that I am practicing my lapwing sketches.