A common Plover ?

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A common Plover ?

I always believed the parents carried the chicks under the wings.
And I thought they were the beaks sticking out near the chest.
Then I found a dead one on the road and realised they were barbs or hooks.
Which just shows to go, I / we are never to old to learn.

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A close up of its mate.
These two have lived in my front Horse paddock for many years now.
They love it when I slash the grass with the ride on.
They will walk within a meter of me looking for food. ( insects ? )

booshkie's picture

Great shots of an intriguing bird.

I love the sound of plovers too.


kell's picture

Hi booshkie,
Yes I concur with you.
I also like their way of talking.
I have never been dive bombed by these lovely Birds.
But if strangers go near their nest they get attacked immediately.
They must know my intentions.

Gelmir's picture

Hi Kell,

Great close up of the head.

kell's picture

Thank you Gelmir.
After posting these Pic’s on an Umerican Bird site.

I now know exactly what this common Plover is called.
It’s a Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
Thanks every on for your help.

Cheers kell

bushanwater's picture

Another name is, wait for it, Spur Winged plover. I have been attacked many times but never actually hit. I don't know of anyone who has either. I used to stop spraying chemicals on a farm once and cover a plover nest with an icecram container (because I couldn't avoid spraying) and then uncover when I was past. The last time I saw them I saw cracked egg with a beak showing through. The next day they were all gone.

See Yez

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Hi bushanwater,

I have found a similar thing with the eggs.
The first day I see one broken egg the next day they are all gone.
Probably a survival thing.
But I will see them all ( 3 or 4 chicks ) running around but keeping very close to long grass for at least one week.
But not since I have been taking Bird Pics.

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