Early in the morning on the second day, the chick began to stir after being brooded under the female’s wing. Notice the flattened grasses around the chick. Both parents spread their toes and pressed down to flatten the grass where ever the chick walked, often ahead of his progress. Biologists speculated that this helped and encouraged the chick to move about, as well as, enabled the parents to keep a closer watch over his safety. By the end of the first day, nearly all of the grass around the shore was flattened.