Masked Lapwing parents

and a clutch of eggs.

Ordinarily you'd say a nest on rocks is pretty daft, but given the grassed area nearby is regularly mowed by a large ride-on mower, it turns out to be pretty clever.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 19th August 2014, This photo: 4:34pm


  • HIgher than a khite said:
    They are amazing birds and the eggs are so well camouflaged too.
  • MazzaPix said:
    Fantastic, and amazing photo, David
  • looby88 said:
    Great faces !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] True, although I can do without being swooped by them.
    [] Thanks Peter. I was quite chuffed to have caught a "changing of the guard" as such.
    [] Ones that only a mother could love I'm afraid.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    The council guys down here mow around them and leave some long grass for the chicks.
  • Jack High said:
    Lovely shot David. They don't also call them "spur winged plovers" for nothing, as can be seen by the bird on the right. I like the eggs as I've never seen them before, whenever I've seen these birds the chicks have already hatched.
  • Rob Smith15 said:
    Great shot David
  • David de Groot said:
    [] That's very nice of them!
    [] Indeed, they can be quite intimidating when swooping. These and the Bush Stone Curlews have great mottled eggs.
    [] Thanks Rob :)
  • scrapjo said:
    I see three eggs..... lets name them Huey, Dewey & Louie!!! Great photo Guru Dave, looks like they're eyeing you up, plan of attack at the ready :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks Jo! Quite possibly on the attack front, they're a bit like that after all.