garden photography: masked lapwing

In March I’m looking for Wildlife in the Garden

(This month I want to see photos and stories about wildlife in the ‘garden’ – insects, spider, birds, rabbits, hedgehog, fox, snake (!) whatever you can find in your garden, public gardens, lakes, parks. But please not the family dog!)

masked lapwing (Plover)

A masked lapwing or plover posing to perfection at at Church Point alongside Pittwater, a semi–mature tide dominated drowned valley estuary, located about 40 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district.

The plover is a large, common and conspicuous bird native to Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent, New Zealand and New Guinea.  Masked lapwings are shy and harmless in summer and autumn but are best known for their bold nesting habits, being quite prepared to make a nest on almost any stretch of open ground, including suburban parks and gardens, school ovals, and even supermarket carparks and flat rooftops. Nesting takes place usually after the winter solstice (June 21) and the nesting pair defends their territory against all intruders by calling loudly, spreading their wings, and then swooping fast and low, and where necessary striking at interlopers with their feet and attacking animals on the ground with a conspicuous yellow spur on the carpal joint of the wing. Wikipedia

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it MarchWildlife in the Garden
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in April.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

46 thoughts on “garden photography: masked lapwing

  1. When I was on a group trip up around Darwin, the guide commented that you could always spot the Aussies in a group because we didn’t raise our cameras to take photos of plovers — the rarity factor had worn off! Nonetheless, they are striking birds I think. 🙂

    1. I think they are very pretty with their yellow faces. Wouldn’t want to be dive-bombed though, get enough of that with the gulls. Remind me why I am moving to be nearer the coast?

      1. They like to lay on warm surfaces too, I’ve noticed, like car parks. Rather dangerous! You’re moving for those bracing sea breezes? Sunsets/rises over the water? Picnics by the shore? 😉

        1. We sure do have Jude. I am blessed indeed and you’re very welcome. Thanks for hosting this lovely challenge. 😀

    1. You’ve been influenced by that restless person! She is such a rebel… 😀
      I can’t imagine that any rabbit is safe in your neighbourhood!

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