Masked Lapwing, Sydney, AUS

The masked lapwing is not a rare bird in Australia.

The masked lapwing (Vanellus miles), also known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range, is a large, common and conspicuous bird native to Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent, New Zealand and New Guinea. – Wikipedia

But one of the joys of travelling is that their ho-hum is my wow.

Masked lapwing sitting on ground


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6 Responses to Masked Lapwing, Sydney, AUS

  1. Tom Watson says:

    What a delightful picture.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Thanks! After what seems like years chasing flitty little birds, I can’t even tell you how delightful it was to find a biggish bird that just sat there.

  2. Jim Robertson says:

    Amen to what Tom said Isabel. The ones we saw down under weren’t quite so patient as yours.

    Florida birds, in some locations, are just as patient.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – These specimens in the civic park in Sydney were obviously highly habituated to the presence of humans and didn’t bolt while I got my act together or even when I crouched down. Very considerate . . .

  3. Alison says:

    I still chuckle at the response of a Newfoundlander, who was amazed by seeing a magpie while visiting Alberta, and asked me if it was a type of “parrot” that had escaped someone’s home. He thought they were beautiful, and that we were SO lucky to have them as a native bird! I’ve looked at them with a little more appreciation ever since.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Alison – LOL. I, too, remember seeing Easterners in Calgary all amazed by magpies – a bird I had learned early to disrespect. “Just a magpie.” Certainly not interesting, much less wonderful. And I get that they’re slightly obnoxious birds, as are most in that family, but they are wonderful, too.

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