The Lapwings in William Slim Drive have given up

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Subject: The Lapwings in William Slim Drive have given up
From: "Jack & Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 20:04:37 +1000
The birds that nest each year in the backyard in Percy Crescent Chapman seem to have suffered the same fate.  A bird was constantly on the nest from 8 to 27 July, but was gone last weekend and found in the horse paddocks about 150 m away, where they usually take their young.  They pair have gradually moved from here and this morning were over 0.5 km away.  While giving typical alarm calls form well before they can be seen, in this time there has only been one half-hearted pass by me (on the first morning). 
My conclusion is that like last year they have been unsuccessful.  It is tempting to speculate that the very cold ground has been a major factor, but I have no evidence for that, noting that last year they nested 2 month later, starting in September.
Jack Holland
Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:18 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] The Lapwings in William Slim Drive have given up
The Masked Lapwing pair who nested in the roundabout at the intersection of Baldwin Drive and William Slim Drive in Giralang have given up.  They were there last night, but not there today (11 August).  I had a close look on the roundabout but I couldn't see any trace of the nest - no eggs or egg remains, or any other sign.  I found two pairs of adults nearby - one pair flew off, the other pair would sit on the ground when disturbed, as if protecting chicks underneath, but there were no chicks.
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