Animals

By Josh Saunders


This clumsy bird clearly wasn’t BEAK-ing careful as it was captured slipping over and falling in an amusing fail.

Louise Clarke, 36, snapped the funny feathered creature toppling over at Phillips Point, in the Falkland Islands, proving the saying if at first you don’t succeed, FLY, FLY and FLY again.

PICS BY LOUISE CLARKE / CATERS NEWS 

The poor plover bird caught the eye of the houseparent, as it hilariously flapped its way up the rock only to fall back down again.

Each time the awkward animal slipped it fought back again and again, desperate to reach the summit.

Louise, from Stanley, the archipelago’s capital, said: “One young plover flapping its wings caught my eye. It was trying to climb up onto a large stone, but the poor thing needed several attempts.

“It had no grip on the stone and its little feet were sliding all over the place.

“Over and over again I watched it almost get to the top but then wobble and slip and slide back down again.

“It really was quite funny to watch. Each time it got better at using its wings to steady itself and eventually it made it up there.

“It made me giggle as I watched and photographed it.

PICS BY LOUISE CLARKE / CATERS NEWS

“I wondered why it wouldn’t just fly up onto the rock, instead it seemed very determined just to climb.

“Every time it slid and nearly fell it used its wings to steady itself, yet wouldn’t use them to take the easy way up and fly.

“He didn’t give up though, and got there in the end

PICS BY LOUISE CLARKE / CATERS NEWS 

“I often see plovers on the beach when I go walking, they’re very common little birds here and they are always darting about, but I haven’t seen one do this before.

“I was pleased to capture the scene, I like the way the pictures capture a humorous little event – if at first you don’t succeed.”