“The Chicks are Hatching” Oil on linen 11 x 14 Whenever I see a bird in the wild do something deliberate, like protect their young, I’m in awe. To me the act is proof of a kind of intelligence. It makes me curious and inspires me. Once a chick hatches the Piping Plover will quickly carry the egg shells away from the nest, don't want to draw attention, especially from the gulls and crows. This painting is a study to get ready for a series of paintings featuring the Wasaga Beach Piping Plovers.