Masked Lapwing’s face looks like a Lego model
I spotted two Masked Lapwings at Manly Dam, near Sydney, Australia, this morning. They’re also known as Spur-winged Plovers. They can be quite aggressive, especially in nesting season. The name “spur-winged” is apt, because they have hooks on their wings, one on each, which they use as weapons, stretching the wings then dragging back to wound their enemy. But these two were quietly going about their business, pottering around the edges of Manly Dam.
Their faces make me think of a model put together with Lego. They’re so perfect, and yet they seem not quite real.
They have lovely knobbly knees and big pink feet:
In this video, one of the birds advances tentatively, testing each step:
Here’s a zoomed out shot showing the two birds in their environment:
Common name: Masked Lapwing, or Spur-winged Plover
Scientific name: Vanellus miles
Approximate length: 37 cm
Date spotted: 15 January 2017
Location: Manly Dam Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’58.8″S 151°15’18.4″E