What was dotterel doing when it was coming up to the author and then running away?
The Author knew that it was trying to protect its nest by trying to lead the author away.
Where was the dotterel nest hidden?
The nest had been hid in the sand driftwood because Their camouflage colours make them difficult to see when standing still, but their habit of running quickly and pausing to feed makes them easy to identify. Their 'chip-chip' call is often heard before they are seen.
Why did the author feel sad? (page 46)
two weeks later the author came back and saw the nest was gone because there was a four wheeler and thought it was dead because it wasn't there.
Why did the dotterel chicks lie still?
Because it saw the author as danger.
Why was the author glad to have seen the dotterels?
Because was dead but then he heard a faint rustle sound and then those were the baby eggs were.
My task was to research about dottereals I found out Where they nest The NZ dotterel nests on beaches above the high tide mark. Their nests are just a shallow hole dug into the sand. Their eggs and speckled like the sand and are very hard to see. The chicks are very small and look like fluffy bumblebees with long legs.When you go to the you must be carfully before you step on there nest but some times there nest can be coumflage but I suggested that you should not mess with them.
They are mostly pale-grey on the back, with off-white underparts which become flushed with rusty-orange in winter and spring. They have a prominent head, large dark-brown eyes and a strong black bill.
Their camouflage colours make them difficult to see when standing still, but their habit of running quickly and pausing to feed makes them easy to identify. Their 'chip-chip' call is often heard before they are seen.
Here is a link to a website about dotterel.