Masked Lapwing

Perhaps better known to most as the Spur-winged Plover.  Just about every Australian schoolchild has been chased off the school oval by these birds at some stage.  Parks and lawns are prime habitats for this bird, although it can sometimes also be found wading the edge of wetlands as well.  The lapwing lays its eggs in a slight depression in short grass and defends its territory noisily and vigorously  The bird has a well-recognised strident call which escalates in intensity as it buzzes anything near its nest and babies.  The sharp wing spurs are sometimes used as weapons in such defence.

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

Our garden hosts several pairs that are relatively tame and make photography a bit easier.

Camera Nikon D7200, lens Nikkor 300mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, ISO-450, handheld

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

This Lapwing nested on the lake shoreline in an area heavily frequented by people.

Camera Nikon D7200, lens Nikkor 300mm, f/8.0, 1/200 sec, ISO-380, handheld

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

This Lapwing nested on the lake shoreline in an area heavily frequented by people.

Camera Nikon D7200, lens Nikkor 300mm, f/8.0, 1/400 sec, ISO-200, handheld

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