Masked Lapwing

Masked Lapwing

Masked Lapwings like to live dangerously they browse for food along the nature strips of urban streets, they will stand in the centre of roads oblivious to any vehicles traveling along them only running or taking flight at the last moment. They have been know to set up home of build a nest in the silliest places, in the centre of parks where foot balls and cricket balls roll and fly. At such times these plucky birds will stand their ground and scream at anyone who approaches. But in spite of this risky lifestyle its logical to think that like so many bird species their very existence might be under threat from human activity or climate change but the reality is that the population of these proud birds is actually increasing. Why? There is no obvious answer maybe its the decrease in the small mammal population who would normally force these ground dwellers off their nests and eat their eggs. Cats try but when they get close to a nest the males swoop in and aim to peck their eyes with a fearsome beak. Perhaps the human propensity to grow lawns and open golf courses has given the Masked Lapwing more places where they can breed. Whatever it is that is allowing greater numbers of them to flourish I personally glad because to see them in any open space is a delight especially when their chicks come along, but that’s another post and set of photos!

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