Masked Lapwing, Victor Harbor
Masked Lapwings are birds that are easily recognisable to many Australians. They are found throughout the eastern half of the continent and the northern parts too, where suitable habitat exists. They are common in parks, ovals, grassed areas, swamplands, and the edges of watercourses, dams and lakes. They are notorious for their habit of fiercely and noisily defending their territory by swooping anyone who dares to come near to their nest on the ground or the young.
While they are known to also inhabit beach areas, I haven’t often seen this species right on the beach like the one shown in the photo above. Mind you – this one is actually walking on the piled up seaweed along Encounter Bay at Victor Harbor.
Great post, I love seeing birds from all over and reading about them.
It is comments like yours that make this blog all worthwhile. I enjoy sharing my sightings with my many readers from all over the world.
Nice shot of the Masked Lapwing Victor. Maybe someday I will make it to Australia and New Zealand and add several of your beautiful birds to my life list.
Hi there Larry,
If you visit Australia you run the risk of adding more than several birds to your list. More like hundreds I’d say. It’s a great place to watch birds as they can be found in every type of habitat in large numbers. It’s worth coming here just to see our parrots which can often be seen in flocks of several hundreds, if not thousands.
We currently have a pair nesting in the centre of the back lawn, with 3 eggs. Everytime they are approached they start their swooping & their screaching which stops any entrance to the back-yard. I can not take another month of this. What removes them?
Hi there Win,
This problem is a very common one and there is no simple solution. Read the following article, including the many comments from my readers: